A path running through a Liverpool woodland has been upgraded as part of a project to improve access at the site.
Until recently, the route through Little Wood was impassable to cyclists and walkers for a large part of the year due to absence of surfacing and poor drainage. The woodland also suffered from criminal activity and anti-social behaviour and had extensive areas of invasive species Rhododendron, making it an unattractive and unwelcoming place for people to visit.
With funding support from Sustrans and a local Section 106 developer contribution, the woodland has now been reclaimed for cyclists, walkers, runners and dog walkers. The work, comprising of the construction of a cycle path and complimentary woodland management works, was completed in August 2014.
The new 'Little Wood Greenway' now offers a connection between Liverpool and Kirkby, which in addition to providing opportunities for health and enjoyment, has also improved access for residents to employment (e.g. Knowsley Industrial Park), education and training (e.g. Myerscough College).
Further funding secured by The Mersey Forest by through the Forestry Commission's English Woodland Grant Scheme is set to be used to provide further habitat improvements, footpath construction, boundary improvements, habitat management and signage to complete the reclamation of this once neglected woodland for the benefit of local people and wildlife. This additional work will also provide links into the neighbouring Mab Lane Community Woodland.