Working with The Mersey Forest, thousands of people have got involved in tree planting this season to improve their local environment.
From November 2009 to March 2010 the Forest has been busy with a whole range of planting schemes including school grounds improvements, Forest School creation and enhancement both within and outside school grounds, planting on village greens and projects with faith groups, our Friends of the Woodland groups and a fire station to name but a few.
During National Tree Week in November and December, groups across The Mersey Forest took part in the nationwide BBC co-ordinated Tree O'Clock world record planting attempt (see this report from our Christmas newsletter), with one event alone mustering an impressive 170 trees in just 28 minutes with help from parents and nursery children.
All of this activity means that by the end of March we will have planted over 10 hectares (an area the size of 14 football pitches) including trees for open areas, trees for hedgerows and fruit trees.
This would not have been possible without funding from Foundation (a climate fund for the Northwest), the Last Call project at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Cory Environmental Trust and Natural England.