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More from Trees - A Green Recovery through the Mersey Forest

  • Ombudsman service at Bioblitz event at Bold Forest Park
  • Ombudsman service at Bioblitz event at Bold Forest Park

The 'More from Trees - a Green Recovery through the Mersey Forest' project is an 18- month project led by the Mersey Forest and delivered in partnership with various partners and stakeholders including:

  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
  • Plant A Tree Today (PATT) Foundation
The project is funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF) Round 2; a competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs In England, developed by Defra and its Arms-Length Bodies, and distributed and monitored by National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

Image of Ombudsman service attending a bio blitz event at Bold Forest Park
Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders, including those from local authorities, Natural England, Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency, the Mersey Forest team identified specific areas of focus for interventions across Merseyside and Cheshire. These included:
  • Priority habitats across the Mersey Forest area are under pressure from habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation leading to a reduction in biodiversity.
  • Liverpool City Centre is the most urban local authority within the Mersey Forest and contributes significantly to the urban heat island effect, increasing the threat of Climate Change on the natural environment and society.
  • Woodlands are complex habitats which require significant attention through design and planting. However, specialist and native species are difficult to source and propagate.
  • Opportunities within the green economy are increasing. Yet local people are not equipped with the correct skills to take advantage.
  • The Mersey Forest covers over 500 square miles of Merseyside and Cheshire within which are some of the most disadvantaged (top 5%) areas in England. These communities face health and economic inequalities, exacerbated by COVID-19, and are typically less likely to engage in greenspace.
GRCF provided the opportunity to support existing tree planting and woodland creation schemes being delivered by the Mersey Forest team. It was a good opportunity to build on nature recovery elements to influence how these landscapes are managed going forward.

The Mersey Forest team sought this opportunity to also deliver against other GRCF agendas such as connecting people to nature and demonstrating the importance of green skills and jobs in nature recovery, building on existing Mersey Forest partnerships and activities which have been delivered previously in accordance with the wider Mersey Forest Plan.

The programme ended in summer 2023 and an evaluation report detailing the successes and outcomes from the project is available to view on our website.

We've also produced some video's capturing the difference this project has made to our partners, the local community and the environment. View them on the YouTube links below.

More from Trees: A Green Recovery project in the Mersey Forest
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – Bold Forest Park
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – The Green Task Force
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – Making space for nature in Liverpool
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – Natural Flood Management
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – Natural Health Service
More from Trees: A Green Recovery – Outdoor learning areas

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