The Mersey Forest Project
Paul Nolan, Director of the Mersey Forest
Thursday 7th March 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating ‘woodlands on your doorstep’ for 25 years. The Mersey Forest is a long term programme of environmental regeneration across Merseyside and North Cheshire, delivering economic as well as community and environmental benefits.
The Mersey Forest is created with people, not just for people – bringing a whole range of social benefits. There are a variety of community initiatives and ways to get involved including forest schools, wood allotments and community activities. The project contributes both directly and indirectly to the economy – through creating jobs, reducing ill-health and showing off the North West at its best.
Our environment faces serious challenges, ranging from climate change to habitat fragmentation. The Mersey Forest is playing a vital role in the local response by creating new woodland, widely acknowledged as a key player in the development of the “green infrastructure” approach in the North West. Green infrastructure is the region’s life support system – the network of natural environmental components and green and blue spaces that lies within and between the North West’s cities, towns and villages which provides multiple social, economic and environmental benefits.
Woodlands, hedgerows and ponds created as part of The Mersey Forest provide shelter for wildlife and connect together areas of valuable habitat. A strategically planned, well connected landscape will help wildlife move to new locations as temperatures rise due to climate change.