Today's Date: 27/11/2009 | Media Contact: Mike Bray, The Mersey Forest
Tel: 01925 859611 / 07770 735755 |

Green World Record attempt comes to St.Helens
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Dedication is what you need this Saturday (5 December) with the chance to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt to plant as many trees as possible in a single hour.

As part of National Tree Week, events are taking place simultaneously all over the country to help beat the current record of 653,143 trees, and in St.Helens readers can rise to the challenge by joining in at Griffin Wood, the new woodland in Bold, located at the bottom of Hall Lane, off Gorsey Lane.

Volunteers should meet at the woodland at 10.30am to get kitted out with your spade and tree, so that everyone is ready and raring to go for the official BBC Breathing Places record attempt between 11am and noon.

The event at Griffin Wood is organised by The Mersey Forest Team and The Friends of Griffin Wood, with parking available at the adjoining Clock Face Country Park. For a map visit, or alternatively meet at The Leaf Centre (formerly Chester Lane Community Centre) on Four Acre Lane at 10am to be guided to the site by Mersey Forest staff.

If you cannot make it along to the woodland, but do have a garden, you can also take part by planting a tree there. There are six locations across Merseyside where you can even pick up a free tree to plant: see for details.

Further information in the run-up to the event is also available from The Mersey Forest on 01925 816217.

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Dig in to be a record breaker.


Media contact: Mike Bray, tel. 01925 859 611 / 07770 735 755

Notes to editors:

The Mersey Forest
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces spread across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating 'woodlands on your doorstep' since 1994.

The Forest is one of the leading environmental regeneration initiatives in the North West. Through community and partnership working, we have planted more than 8 million trees - equivalent to five new trees for every person living within the Forest area.

The Forest helps our towns and cities adapt to climate change and has won the Brian Redhead Award for Environmental Sustainability, creates woodlands that 20% of local people visit at least once a week, and by improving the image of our towns and cities sets the scene for growth within the region's £98 billion economy.

We achieve all of this and more through our partnership of local authorities, landowners, the Forestry Commission, Natural England and businesses including United Utilities.