The Mersey Forest's part in the national Big Tree Plant campaign has got off to a great start in recent weeks with a series of community tree planting events that are already making a difference in school grounds, parks, community centres and woodlands across the Forest area.
The Big Tree Plant has set aside £255,000 over the next four years for The Mersey Forest to plant trees and create mini-woodlands with Merseyside and Cheshire communities, beginning with 120 projects this winter that will see 18,000 trees planted.
Kicking things off, volunteers from Marston's Lion Salt Works and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation dug in at a planting morning to help complete the Salt Works' newly created butterfly garden (read press release).
Meanwhile at Northwood green space in Knowsley, pupils from Northwood Community Primary School planted saplings to enhance the site's woodland area, where they will soon be able to enjoy "Forest School" lessons in the great outdoors (read press release).
Elsewhere in the Forest, in Liverpool school children teamed up with community organisation Growing Granby and The Mersey Forest to plant the first trees of a neighbourhood orchard, and in Warrington the revamp of Euclid Park was also rounded off with new fruit trees.
In Halton, Sandymoor Parish Council received more than 50 large trees, and in St.Helens, pupils from Haydock English Martyrs Catholic Primary School helped plant a brand new woodland in their school grounds. In Sefton, another Forest Schools project saw parents and pupils from Norwood Primary enjoy a tree planting day for all the family to further improve the school's woodland areas.
Many of the projects were co-funded by The Woodland Trust through their MOREwoods project. Big Tree Plant complements the work of ForeStClim – an EU-funded environmental project that looks at forests and climate change across North West Europe. The majority of Big Tree Plant planting schemes focus on urban areas of high deprivation, which are lacking in green space and are therefore most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Follow the latest news about The Big Tree Plant in Merseyside and Cheshire on The Mersey Forest Facebook page.