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Edition No. 222

Date:- 10 October 2005

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A walk on the wild side

SCHOOLS across Liverpool are going wild this autumn. Liverpool City Council has launched the Liverpool Roots project to get children and residents brightening up parks and nature reserves by sowing wildflower seeds.

The project started on Friday 7 October, when pupils from St John's Catholic Primary school started sowing Meadowsweet, Bluebell and Wood Avens plants at Canalside Park in Kirkdale. The 3 year scheme also involves residents and community groups and will improve the wildlife, visual and recreational value of Liverpool's parks and nature reserves.

The city council's executive member for leisure, Councillor Warren Bradley, said:- "Liverpool Roots is a great way to get local people involved in creating new habitats and making the city's parks and green spaces more colourful. We want to repopulate our parks and make them more appealing places for people to spend their time. We hope that this can do this by simply adding some colour and encouraging more wildlife to make these green spaces their habitat. It's particularly important to get young people involved so they can fully appreciate the green havens that exist on to their doorsteps and actively preserve them for future generations."

The project is being launched over the next 6 days. Croxteth Country Park Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Childwall Woods and Fields LNR, Mill Wood LNR, Greenbank Park, Everton Park Nature Garden and Claderstones Park will all benefit from the Liverpool Roots project. A variety of plant species will be sown, including Ox-eye Daisy, St John's Wort, Hedge Bedstraw, Hedge Garlic, Bluebells, Lesser Knapweed and Cow Parsley.

Many of the wildflowers will have blossomed within a year and the project runs to 2008 making the city bloom for its European Capital of Culture year. Liverpool Roots has been organised by the city council's ranger service and supported by Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

New nicotine beer will only provide a smokescreen for bad habits, says dental charity

THE UK's leading oral health charity has slammed brewers that claim their new beer will help smokers to quit, saying the development will simply see people swap one vice for another. The British Dental Health Foundation, providers of free and impartial dental advice to the public (0845 063 1188), says that although the high-strength nicotine-containing beer might help some smokers to keep their cravings at bay, it will also lead to a vast increase in alcohol consumption.

The charity was commenting after manufacturers unveiled the new 'NicoShot' lager, which has an alcoholic volume of 6.3%. Drinkers would need to consume 3 full cans to take in the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented:- "The idea of marketing a strong alcoholic drink as a quit-smoking aid is nothing short of ludicrous. For the heavy smoker a couple of cans simply won't be enough - meaning the manufacturers will be actively encouraging smokers to drink more alcohol, simply to keep their nicotine craving at bay! You have to ask yourself what is the point of trying to help someone quit smoking if you are simply going to replace one bad habit with another."

The Foundation was speaking in the run-up to Mouth Cancer Awareness Week (November 13 to 19). Mouth cancer kills one person every five hours in the UK and, although smoking is the condition's main risk factor, excessive consumption of alcohol is close behind.

Dr Carter added:-
"In theory, this drink could have a very negative impact on the nation's health. There are many people out there who would have looked to tackle their smoking habit using traditional methods, but who might see this as something of an easy option. The reality though of course, is that if people simply replace smoking with heavy drinking they will be no better off than they were in the first place."

AN EVENING OF SOUL

MUSIC lovers can still snap up tickets for a concert crammed with soul and guaranteed to fill your heart with song. The uplifting experience comes courtesy of the Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir, which performs at Prescot Parish Church, Knowsley, on Friday, October 21, at 7.30pm. Directed by Tyndale Thomas, the prestigious choir will be performing favourites including Oh Happy Day, Light a Candle, Lean on Me and Love is the Message.

Meanwhile, tickets for the event are now on sale, priced £6.50 or £4.50 concessions, available from Prescot Museum, Prescot Library or Prescot Church, by calling Knowsley Council’s Arts Service on 0151
443 5619, or from the Huyton Suite 0151 443 3761.

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