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Next phase of Halewood green space improvement works commence

by Jonathan Kearney

Work is to continue to transform Halewood’s Finch Woods into a top-quality local parkland space.

During the summer Halewood residents were consulted on proposals to deliver major improvements to Finch Woods and where overwhelmingly in favour of the plans.

The £1m Knowsley Council investment in Finch Woods, funded by S106 developer contributions from the East of Halewood development, will increase the size of the Woods by approximately 50% and deliver the establishment of 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.

Next phase of works

Knowsley Council has been granted a licence by Forestry England to undertake necessary clearance of diseased Ash trees and the next phase of woodland maintenance at Finch Woods. This next phase of works will commence on Thursday 7 December, which will include thinning and the removal of brambles and diseased ash trees afflicted by ash dieback disease. Areas cleared of diseased ash will accommodate the new woodland play area and pathways, reducing the need for clearance in other areas.

While these works are taking place Finch Woods will be temporarily closed to the public for approximately six weeks. This is to ensure the safety of our contractors and the public while heavy machinery is in use on site.

£30m investment

More than £30m will be invested in public facilities and spaces in Halewood in the coming years, which will include improvements to green spaces and the enhancement of walking and cycling routes across the area.

Find out more about the investment and the progress being made here.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Local residents may be concerned about heavy machinery being used on site so we just want to assure them about why this is happening and why Finch Woods will be temporarily inaccessible to the public. This investment will breathe new life into Finch Woods, opening it up as a usable space for everyone to enjoy. Residents and visitors can look forward to enhanced green space and improved facilities across Halewood over the coming years.”