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Creating new woodlands

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley Council’s commitment to creating new woodlands across the borough could see the creation of six new wooded areas in the new year.

Members of Knowsley’s Climate Emergency Scrutiny Committee heard the Council is launching a public consultation to ask residents’ views about creating six new woodlands at:

  • Woolfall Heath, Huyton
  • Altmoor Road, Huyton
  • Alt Park, Huyton
  • Wastelbridge Park, Huyton,
  • Cowper Way, Huyton and
  • Lloyd Road, Prescot

Where can I find out more?

The public consultation events will be held at:

Altmoor Road, Woolfall Heath, Alt Park and Wastlebridge Park:
  • Monday, 11 December (6-8pm) – River Alt Resource Centre, Huyton
  • Friday, 8 December (1-3pm) – Maggie O’Neill Business and Training Centre, Liverpool Rd, L36 8HT
  • Friday, 15 December (3-5pm) – The Space Centre, St Columba’s Catholic Primary School
Cowper Way:
  • Tuesday, 5 December (11am-1pm) – St. John’s Info Zone, Manor Farm Road
  • Sunday, 10 December (10am – 12pm) – Cowper Way – on site.
Lloyd Road:
  • Saturday, 9 December (11am-1pm) – Phoenix House, Eaton Street
  • Thursday, 14 December (4pm-6pm)  – Evelyn Community Primary School

Planting of the new woodlands is proposed to start in February 2024.

Help to tackle climate change

Climate Emergency Scrutiny Committee members heard that the council is committed to maintaining existing woodland and increasing tree coverage throughout Knowsley and has identified a potential 30 hectares of land for woodland creation in future years. These initiatives will help the borough tackle climate change as well as supporting benefits to public health and wellbeing.

Woodland creation and management are key themes in both the council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan and the Net Zero Delivery Plan (2022-2025) which focuses on working in partnership with the Mersey Forest to develop new woodland planting schemes and updating the Woodland Management Plans for Knowsley’s existing woodland sites. There are also plans to survey the borough’s tree stock to identify further opportunities for tree planting.

In 2019 the Council secured £1.376m via the Urban Tree Challenge Fund to plant 2,728 trees across the borough. In 2023 a further £50,000 was secured from the Coronation Living Heritage Fund to plant 10 community orchards across Knowsley.

In 2023 a further £50,000 was secured from the *Coronation Living Heritage Fund to plant 10 community orchards across Knowsley, with more information on how communities can get involved in this to follow.

Figures from Friends of the Earth revealed Knowsley has 14.4% of tree coverage, higher than average for England and highest in the Liverpool City Region. Knowsley Council is the landowner for 48 publicly accessible community woodlands across the borough.

*The Coronation Living Heritage Fund supported by £2.5m in funding has been made available through Defra’s £758m Nature for Climate Fund to allow county, unitary, metropolitan, London borough, district and city local authorities the chance to apply for up to two grants for projects ranging between £10,000 and £50,000. The funding will support the development of community orchards and commemorate the King’s Coronation. Funds can be distributed across projects in their area. Through the England Trees Action Plan and supported by the £758m Nature for Climate Fund Defra will help to transform the treescape and the forestry sector helping to put the UK on track to meet net zero targets, reverse the decline in nature and support economic growth.