Two thirds of local people have seen an improvement in their environment over the past decade, a recent survey shows.
More than 65% of residents remarked on the increase in woodlands, street trees and other habitats in a poll by The Mersey Forest - with a 'supporter drive' being launched to ensure that the greening of Merseyside and Cheshire continues to go from strength to strength.
Councillor Richard Short, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation said: "As a core partner in The Mersey Forest managing some 40 country parks, the council is delighted to see the hard work to green our neighbourhoods being recognised by local people. The best news of all is that as the young trees and woodlands mature and as even more are planted, the benefits for people, wildlife and the economy will become even greater."
The survey found that more than 90% of people support having a Community Forest in their area, and The Mersey Forest is now harnessing this public backing through its new 'supporters' initiative.
Launched in June 2010, at the time of writing already nearly 900 members of the public have signed up as supporters of the Forest, to show their appreciation for the greening of their neighbourhoods and to keep in touch with the latest news and green events to get involved in.
To find out more or to become a supporter, visit www.merseyforest.org.uk/things-to-do/support-us-its-free.