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Finch Woods, Halewood

Major improvement works progress at Halewood’s Finch Woods

by Jonathan Kearney

A contractor has been appointed to deliver major infrastructure improvements at Finch Woods in Halewood, transforming it into high quality parkland space.

Knowsley Council is investing £1m in Finch Woods, funded by S106 developer contributions from the East of Halewood development.

This will increase the size of the woods by approximately 50% and deliver an extensive network of accessible paths and walkways, new entrances and the creation of a new woodland play facility for the area.

There will also be major habitat improvement works to the woodlands, ponds and meadowlands, as well as the creation of new pond and wetland features that will support flood resilience in the area. The site will become a key hub for biodiversity and access to the natural environment.

Preparatory works were undertaken by Knowsley Council over the winter period which included woodland maintenance and habitat improvement works. This work was undertaken under Licence from Forestry England and included woodland thinning and removal of brambles and diseased ash trees afflicted by ash dieback disease. Areas cleared of diseased ash will accommodate the new pathways and a play area in the north east of the site, reducing the need for clearance in other areas.

Next phase of works

Contractor Dunkil Developments Ltd is scheduled to begin work on site on Monday 13 May. This phase of works will deliver a network of accessible paths and walkways, new entrance features, installation of bins, benches and signage, wetland improvements and an initial play offering.

A second phase of works will be scheduled for Autumn 2024 and will include an enhanced play offer, entrance to the north of the site and further habitat improvements.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Halewood residents and visitors can look forward to enhanced green space and improved facilities over the coming years and this investment will breathe new life into Finch Woods, opening it up as a high quality, usable space for everyone to enjoy.”