The Mersey Forest at 25 - Anniversary Conference

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Calderstones Park

Calderstones Road

Liverpool

L18 3JD

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Celebrating 25 years of Partnership working to deliver The Mersey Forest Plan and a look ahead at new opportunities and challenges.

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2019 marks 25 years since the Plan for the Mersey Forest was approved by government. The Plan set out a long-term vision to transform Merseyside and North Cheshire through planting trees and encouraging communities to use these new woodlands on their doorstep.

Our conference is really to say thank you to the myriad of organisations and individuals who have worked together over 25 years.

This will be first conference to be held in the beautifully restored Mansion House in Calderstones Park, run by the Reader, another organisation helping to deliver The Mersey Forest

When we began the Forest journey, our area was still recovering from the recessions and industrial decline of the 1980’s. The aims of the Mersey Forest Partnership were to reclaim derelict sites, create a well wooded landscape and provide opportunities for people to have a say and play a part in improving their neighbourhood. Much of the large-scale derelict land is now community woodland, providing new areas of open access for hundreds of thousands of people.

Looking back at the past 25 years, a lot has been achieved by the Partnership, community groups and the Forest Team – but there is still lots to do.

There are too many highlights to mention, but here’s some that the Partnership has achieved together:

- We have planted over 9 million trees

- We have achieved three times more tree planting than the England average

- We have created over 3,000 hectares of woodland – that’s the same as 4,322 full-sized football pitches, or 24,000 Olympic swimming pools

- We’ve worked with more than half the schools in Merseyside and North Cheshire

- 65% of people suveyed said they noticed that their environment has improved because of our work

- The 9 million trees we have planted have absorbed 524,574 tonnes of carbon dioxide – a clear impact on climate change

- And the Partnership has somehow managed to navigate the changes to local and national structures. Over 25 years there has been nine governments and five prime ministers.

Programmes such as Trees fcr Learning, Natural Health Service, Natural Flood Management are using the Forest to improved people's lives on a daily basis.

We hope you will join us and help to plot the journey for the next 25 years.

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