Thousands of trees set for Liverpool

Tens of thousands of new trees are to be planted in Liverpool to create an urban woodland to form a legacy of the city's status as European cultural capital in 2008.

More than £700,000 of regeneration funding was announced last week to turn 25ha of brownfield land in the West Derby area into woodland.
Up to 20,000 new native UK trees will be planted beside wildflower meadows, a community orchard and seasonal wetland areas.
Over £440,000 will come from the Northwest Regional Development Agency with the rest to be contributed by the Forestry Commission, Big Lottery, Mersey Forest and Liverpool City Council.
The new woodland at Mab Lane will be used by locals, nearby schools and the adjacent Mab Lane Youth Centre.
Bryan Gray, chair of the development agency, said: "The community woodland will provide a truly lasting legacy for the city's Capital of Culture year."
Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Forestry Commission, said: "A new community wood is the ideal emblem for commitment to the natural environment."
The project area is made up of three sites including former playing fields, a vacant 12ha site and an existing small park.

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