£2 MILLION COMMUNITY WOODLAND UNDERWAY IN ST HELENS
started on creating a new community woodland in St Helens, as part
of one of the country’s biggest green regeneration programmes.
A team of experts from the Forestry Commission is working on a
former landfill site in the south of St Helens to give the area a
The new Brickfields
Community Woodland will include multi-purpose leisure trails,
wildflower meadows and wetland habitats. The whole site, which lies
between Lea Green Road and Chester Lane, is equivalent to more than
40 football pitches.
£2.1 million of
funding is being provided for the Brickfields project via the
Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Forestry Commission
partnership programme, ‘Newlands’. A number of local
partners, including Ibstock Brick Ltd, The Mersey Forest, St Helens
Council and Groundwork are also involved in the project.
A major operation has
just been completed to bring 11,000 tonnes of earth onto the site so
that trees can be planted in areas where there was previously no
covering of soil. Small hills and other features have also been
created, giving the site a more natural look.
New saplings have
been planted and additional landscaping work will also create hard
wearing trails and other elements such as signage and gates will be
Various groups of
local residents are busy helping to design 4 new gateway entrances
for the site, with help from Oneninesixtwo Design. 20 different
designs reflecting the history and community spirit of the site will
be turned into a resin brick format and incorporated into clay brick
kissing gates, sourced from the neighbouring Ibstock brickworks. A
series of community design workshops has also been set up by The
Bob Baker of Ibstock Brick Ltd says:- “The brick theme is
being used in the site name to remind everyone of the industrial
heritage of the area, including the present brickworks next door.
The original fields were worked for clays and are now being returned
to a green use - amenity woodland for the recreation and benefit of
the local community.”
Later this month more mature trees will be planted on parts of the
site, helping to ensure it is quickly transformed into an attractive
area of woodland. A central avenue of English Oaks will be created,
with some cherry trees and pine trees to provide variation as people
travel from one part of the woodland to another. When the
scheme is complete, it will provide a much improved area of green
space for local people and visitors to enjoy.
Simon Brown, Works Supervisor for the Forestry Commission in the
North West, says:- “It’s a real pleasure watching the site
changing on an almost daily basis. When we’ve finished I think local
people are going to be really pleased with the results. There will
be plenty of opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors,
whether it’s walking the dog, cycling or running. The project
also includes a 20-year management plan so people can be confident
that this new woodland will be kept in good condition.”
The regeneration of the site will also benefit the local economy by
helping to improve the image of the area and visually enhancing the
main rail route between Manchester and Liverpool. This will help to
form part of The Mersey Forest in St.Helens, which has seen the town
transformed over the past 10 years with the planting of over 2
million trees so far. St.Helens Council has completed a
St.Helens Town in the Forest study that identified the importance of
regenerating brownfield sites, such as Brickfields, in helping to
secure environmental improvement, which will enhance the image of
St.Helens and help to secure direct and indirect economic benefits
for the area.
Additional work is
being planned for 2009, completing the transformation of the entire
Brickfields site. The plans are part of Newlands, a £59million
NWDA-funded land regeneration scheme, which is rejuvenating around
900 hectares of the region's brownfield land to encourage economic
growth, while creating new opportunities for leisure and recreation.
Newlands, which stands for New Economic Environments Through
Woodlands, is a partnership scheme involving the NWDA and the
Paul Lakin, Head of Development at the NWDA, said:-
“Sustainable development is at the heart of all of the NWDA’s
activities and we are delighted to support the sensitive development
of Brickfields. New community woodland will not only enhance the
environment for local people and visitors, but it will also raise
the area’s profile as a place to invest.”
Additional funding of over £300,000 from EU Objective One via The
Mersey Forest Trust has been secured. The Brickfields project
has also been funded by Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment
fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which
utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.
Residents Muck In To Celebrate Compost Week
in Merseyside and Halton get their gardens prepared for spring,
local recycling officers announced a series of compost activities
and a special competition to promote the benefits of home
To celebrate Compost Awareness Week 2008 held over 4 May to 10 May
Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and the five Merseyside District
Councils have organised a series of events in order to help tackle
the amount of reusable waste that is currently going to landfill.
Also, any resident of Merseyside and Halton who buys a compost bin
between 4 and 10 May has the chance to win £50 of garden centre
vouchers to spend on their garden.
Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said:- “Merseyside is involved in
a range of regular compost initiatives. Last year we joined the
national Recycle Now Compost at Home scheme to offer cut-price
compost bins to local residents and last autumn almost 2,000 people
turned up to similar compost events across Merseyside.”
Over 9,000 home compost bins have been purchased by local residents
in the scheme which began last year.
are as follows:-
Date:- Saturday 10 May 2008
Time:- 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Location:- Coronation Park, Crosby.
There will be limited quantities of bagged compost available for
Date:- Saturday 10 May 2008
Location:- Clockface Colliery Open Space, Gorsey Lane, St. Helens
Spades will be provided to collect loose compost, but residents will
need to bring their own bags.
Date:- Saturday 10 May 2008
Time:- 9.00am to 1.00pm
Location: Wirral Farmers Market, New Ferry.
Wirral Council are hosting a compost awareness event and will be
giving away kitchen caddies (limited stocks).
Home Composting is a simple and cheap way of dealing with up to a
third of a typical family’s waste bin, and it is a brilliant way to
help the environment.
When organic garden and food waste is sent to landfill, it is
crushed beneath large amounts of other household waste. This means
there isn’t any oxygen present when it breaks down, so it produces
methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global
warming. By composting at home, waste such as fruit and vegetable
peelings can break down in an oxygenated environment so no methane
is produced. This also creates a rich fertilizer for the garden
which completes the natural cycle and keeps waste out of landfill.
And it’s not just fruit and vegetable peelings that you can compost
– toilet roll tubes, coffee grounds, tea bags, and egg boxes will
all add nutrients to the mix. Almost anything organic can be
composted, from shredded confidential documents and scrunched up
cereal boxes to grass cuttings. All this waste breaks down naturally
to create a free product that can be used to keep plants and gardens
looking green and beautiful – and it even helps the soil to retain
moisture, which is particularly good news during the hot summer
Caring for the environment by home composting is such a simple and
effective way of making a difference that celebrities such as Helen
Mirren, Jenny Seagrove, Chris Evans and June Sarpong are all adding
their active support and committing to compost at home.
This Compost Awareness Week, BBC presenter Philippa Forrester is
backing the campaign to make sure that waste is recycled at home
rather than ending up on landfill sites. She comments:- “With
3 young children, I’ve never been more aware of the impact we make
on the environment and the responsibility of bringing future
generations into a world that we can really be proud of.
Composting at home is just one small step towards making sure that
we minimise the amount of waste we create, but if everybody gets
involved then it makes a huge difference.”
Anyone living in Merseyside or Halton who places an order from the
4th – 10th May 2008 will be entered into the free prize draw to win
£50 of garden centre vouchers, which have been donated by DHL, the
logistics company that deliver the bins.
Check out the website
or phone 0845 077 0757 for more details. To find out what is
happening in your area for Compost Awareness Week, check the event
locator on our
WORLD KIDS COLOURING DAY IS LAUNCHED
MUMS and dads
stuck for ideas to entertain the little ones on rainy days can now
help bring some colour to the lives of their own children and those
in war-torn countries.
Children in Liverpool and across Merseyside are invited to pick up
their colouring pencils and take part in the first World Kids
Colouring Day on Tuesday 6 May, which will help youngsters in
Colombia have better access to schooling.
Supported by Staedtler and as part of Save the Children’s Rewrite
the Future project, World Kids Colouring Day is encouraging children
either in school or at home to get colouring and be sponsored to
create a beautiful mural. The money raised for Save the Children
will help the 713,000 Colombian children who don’t go to school
because their country has been torn apart by war.
Parents can download the specially designed colouring book – full of
interesting facts about life in Colombia – and sponsorship forms
Children then simply ask family and friends for sponsorship to
colour in pages from the colouring book, which each depict a
different Colombian scene. Put all the pictures together, and
they’ll form a beautiful mural – perfect to brighten up the bedroom
wall or playroom!
Resource packs including stickers, a colouring book, a poster and
sponsorship forms have also been sent to all primary schools in the
UK, so that pupils can learn about the lives of children in a very
different part of the world.
Graham Harrison, Education Manager from Staedtler UK, which is
supporting the project said:- ‘Colouring plays an important
role in the development of children, helps stimulate their
imagination and encourages creativity, but many Colombian children
don’t have the chance to experience this. The money raised from
World Kids Colouring Day will help give them the education they
deserve as well as encouraging children in the UK to learn about
another country while having fun at the same time.’
Rosie Shannon, head of Public Relations from Save the Children
said:- ‘As part of Rewrite the Future, a global project aimed
at providing education for the world’s most vulnerable children,
World Kids Colouring Day will raise much needed money to help give
Colombian children a better start in life. It’s a great opportunity
to raise awareness of the plight of the 40 million children around
the world who don’t go to school because the countries in which they
live have been affected by war and conflict.’
Children can also win a host of prizes for their school. Prizes will
be awarded for the most colourful murals so once it is finished,
take a photo of the completed mural and send it to Staedtler. Three
schools will be awarded a first prize of an art lesson with a
professional illustrator and a selection of stationery, and five
schools will each win runners up prizes of £250 worth of Staedtler
stationery and art equipment.
For more information and to get involved at home download the
colouring book and sponsorship form by visiting