Improvements to Acornfield Plantation including new bridges, seating and restoration of the pond, will get underway after £75,000 of funding was secured.
Acornfield Plantation, situated within Knowsley Business Park, is the borough’s only nature reserve and is one of the 18 green flag status sites in Knowsley.
Knowsley Council works alongside the Friends of Acornfield Plantation and this partnership has brought significant benefits to the site, including over £200m of investment in the site’s infrastructure and natural habitats.
This investment has been used to ensure the site meets disability access standards, replacement of bridges at the site, the installation of seating and signage, the restoration of woodland, pond, acid grassland and mire habitats and the installation wood sculpture artwork.
At the council’s Cabinet meeting on 20 November, grant funding was approved for work to now commence on the boardwalk restoration project, restoring and replacing sections of boardwalk which form part of the footpath network.
Grant funding of £75,000 has been secured to fund these improvements with work expected to be completed by March 2020.
The grant funding has been secured from Pocket Parks Plus (£25,000) and Enovert Community Trust (£50,000).
John Flaherty, Executive Director for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Acornfield Plantation is a wonderful hidden gem in Knowsley and we are delighted to be able to ensure the boardwalk is improved to attract even more visitors to come along and enjoy this amazing space. We look forward to seeing this work progress over the coming weeks.”