The Mersey Forest Plan, the long-term strategic document of The Mersey Forest team and partners, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national planning award.
The Plan, which sets out a vision in which Merseyside and North Cheshire is one of the best places in the country to live, has been shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute's Natural and Built Heritage Award.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London on Monday 23 June.
Chairing the panel of judges at the RTPI is Sir Terry Farrell, one the world's leading architect planners. Sir Terry is also author of the recent Farrell Review, a UK government-commissioned review of architecture and the built environment.
Sir Terry said: "This is the second year I have chaired the judging and I am proud to say that once again our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work.
"It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge. I anticipate celebrating some truly outstanding examples of planning."
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "We are proud to have been acknowledged in these renowned national awards alongside some great organisations.
"The Mersey Forest team, the wider partnership, and the local community have all invested a lot of time, effort and expertise into creating The Mersey Forest Plan, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that this hard work will be recognised when the awards winners are announced in June."
The Mersey Forest Plan sets out woodland cover targets for Merseyside and North Cheshire, and describes the aspirations for the management of the area's green space to benefit people, the economy, and wildlife. Download the Plan from The Mersey Forest Plan page.