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"The Mersey Forest is looking fantastic after twenty years"

21 September 2011

More than a thousand people celebrated two decades of The Mersey Forest at a "carnival in the woods" this summer.


8 million trees planted in 20 years

The event at Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve in Warrington was held to thank all those who've been involved in planting more than 8 million trees across Merseyside and North Cheshire over the past twenty years.


The carnival was opened by Chair of the Forestry Commission Pam Warhurst, Warrington North MP Helen Jones, and Chair of Risley Moss Action Group, Andy Pearson.


Action-packed day

Activities throughout the day included storytelling woodland walks, den building, puppet shows and willow weaving, with the soundtrack to the carnival provided by innovative musicians Urban Strawberry Lunch who perform using recycled instruments made from junk.


"The Mersey Forest is looking fantastic"

Pam Warhurst said: "The Mersey Forest is looking fantastic after 20 years and it's all down to the contributions that thousands of people have made."


Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "A huge variety of people are involved in creating The Mersey Forest, from schools who have planted woodlands in their grounds, to community volunteers helping look after their local woods, to a wide range of partner organisations. The woodland carnival was about thanking them all, as well as looking ahead to the next 20 years of continuing to improve the local environment."


The carnival was part of Warrington Borough Council's annual Green Safari event, run with Risley Moss Action Group.


View more photos from the day.


Photo: McCoy Wynne.

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