Whole school effort to increase tree cover on grounds
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Pupils at a school in Chester joined forces with The Mersey Forest team to plant 260 trees on their school field this March. Every class in the school was involved in the project, with children working in pairs to plant their trees, which they'll be able to watch grow as they progress through each year of school. The trees will help to: provide screening around the edge of the school field / windbreak providing learning opportunities around science and nature capture approximately xx tonnes of carbon, once established provide habitat for wildlife Huntington Primary relocated to a new purpo ..read more
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Free tree planting support for schools across Cheshire and Merseyside
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2M ago
Pupils from schools across Cheshire and Merseyside will have more access to nature thanks to tree planting projects funded through The Mersey Forest.   The Mersey Forest is the area's Community Forest, bringing trees and people together to create healthy, inspiring resilient places for communities and nature to live, side by side.  This year they have supported seven schools in the area to add 950 trees to their site, with many pupils getting involved in the planting and learning more about the benefit of trees for both people and wildlife.  The Mersey Forest team are now ..read more
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Take part in Earth Hour 2024
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4M ago
Every year, millions of people around the world come together, at 8.30pm local time on a Saturday in March, to observe Earth Hour, a symbolic event that highlights the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable living. Since its creation in 2007, Earth Hour, which is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has been known for its "lights off" moment. As landmarks and homes across the world switch off, supporters are also invited to symbolically switch off and 'Give an hour for Earth', spending 60 minutes doing something - anything - positive for our planet. In 2023, over 410 ..read more
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Free Natural Health Service courses available this spring
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4M ago
West Cheshire residents can benefit from a range of free nature-based activity courses to help boost their health and wellbeing this spring. The 12-week courses are part of Cheshire's Natural Health Service, which is managed by The Mersey Forest  in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council. The service uses the natural environment to address local health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in the area.  There are four courses currently  taking  place across some of the borough's parks, green spaces, and woodlands.&nbs ..read more
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Local community join together to plant new woodland on Cheshire farm
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4M ago
Volunteers, including residents and a local cubs and beaver group, have been helping to plant several sections of new woodland on a farm near Malpas, Cheshire. The community planting event at Lower Moss Farm near Malpas was organised by farming advisors Elm Associates and The Mersey Forest, who have supported the landowner to plant over 6,000 trees on the site. Jane Atkinson, Farm Conservation Advisor at Elm Associates, said: "The tree planting on this site is part of a wider conservation plan for the farm. It has been designed to link together semi ancient woodland and a Site of Special Sci ..read more
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The Mersey Forest joins in with Lunar New Year celebrations
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5M ago
The Mersey Forest are excited to be involved in this year's Lunar New Year celebrations in Liverpool. Taking place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 February, local immersive experts Focal Studios will be dazzling audiences with the story of 'The Boy and the Pearl' over 3 spectacular nights of projections. The projection show, lasting 10 mins, will be played on repeat at The Bombed Out Church between 5.30pm-9pm each night. The grounds of the church will be brought to life with a stunning audio-visual art installation developed by Focal Studios and The Bombed Out Church's community engagement te ..read more
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Working with local landowners to create riparian woodlands
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6M ago
The Mersey Forest has recently launched a Riparian Woodland Creation Project, which aims to help reduce flood risk and improve water quality by increasing tree cover along the watercourses of Cheshire and Merseyside.   This is a new, grant funded opportunity, which will cover up to 100% of the costs of implementation and ongoing management for 15 years, leaving a lasting legacy on your land and making a positive contribution to the local community.   Experienced advisors from our team will support landowners to develop their scheme free of charge and, as we're a locally based ..read more
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Politicians to plant 6 millionth tree of Northern Forest in Liverpool
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8M ago
A host of dignitaries joined together to plant the 6 millionth tree to mark five years since the start of the ambitious Northern Forest project to link up Liverpool to Hull with trees. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, joined the planting at Liverpool John Moores University. Also in attendance were Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council (the accountable body for The Mersey Forest and Trees for Climate programme) and Councillor Barbara Murray from Liverpool City Council who is a member of the M ..read more
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Over £1.5 million secured for the restoration of irreplaceable peatlands in the North West
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8M ago
Restoration of peatland sites across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside has been given the green light and will receive funding of over £1.5 million from the Government's Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme. The restoration of these important sites will benefit people, wildlife, and is another positive step towards combating the climate emergency.  Over four km2 (417 hectares) of precious peatland will be restored thanks to the funding, land which once stretched across the historic county boundary of Lancashire. The project includes 16 sites, spanning from Darwen Moo ..read more
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Preparations for bumper year of planting that will deliver for communities and nature
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8M ago
The Mersey Forest is once again preparing for a bumper year of planting, supporting partners and landowners to get thousands of trees in the ground and establish woodlands that will benefit the area for generations.  The Mersey Forest team, with the help of the Green Task Force, have been preparing ground ready for planting on a number of sites and the first trees are being planted.    Over the last three years the Mersey Forest has worked with partners and landowners to establish 220 hectares of new woodland across Cheshire and Merseyside through the national Trees for Climate ..read more
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