Plan calls for tree planting in Merseyside

A new urban forest plan is calling for more than one million trees to be planted in one of the country's largest industrial cities.

Liverpool residents are being encouraged to comment on plans to create more woodlands in Merseyside and North Cheshire. The Mersey Forest Plan is calling for more trees and copses as well as larger woodlands, all with improved management.

The plan was drawn up by Mersey Forest Partnership - which has planted nine million trees since 1991 - made up of Liverpool City Council, six other local authorities, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Environment Agency and local communities and businesses.

Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Revd James Jones, who led the Independent Panel on Forestry to firm up a national woodlands policy, said the plan will shape the city's treescape for decades.

An EU Green Infrastructure for Tomorrow - Together (Gift-T) fund contributed to the consultation and Mersey Forest is working with partners in Belgium and Holland to develop best practice.

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