Peel Holdings supports planting for the future in The Mersey Forest

Published: 17 May 2019

We have pledged to continue our support for tree planting on the Wirral through our contribution to The Mersey Forest. The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces, which has been creating 'woodlands on your doorstep' for 25 years. The Mersey Forest is making Merseyside and North Cheshire one of the best places in the country to live – working together to create woodlands and help people explore the nature on their doorstep.

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Peel Land & Property own substantial areas of the River Mersey, both on the northern bank around Liverpool and on the Wirral side at Birkenhead. The Birkenhead area is known as Wirral Waters and Peel is currently delivering a long term programme of regeneration and redevelopment which is changing the nature and appearance of the area centred on the vast dock area known as West Float.

Since 2012, Peel have remediated circa 65 acres of land and completed multi-million-pound engineering projects in terms of infrastructure, energy substations and drainage through their Wirral Waters development. They have also planted trees in partnership with the Forestry Commission and The Mersey Forest and continue investment in greenery as it helps to create the sustainable ‘brand’ of Wirral.

The continued support for The Mersey Forest from Peel Holdings is timely,  2019 is a national Year of Green Action across the UK and the Liverpool City Region’s Local Nature Partnership, Nature Connected, is taking the initiative, along with the Combined Authority, the Environment Agency and Natural England, to help deliver a Liverpool City Region focused Year of Action for the Environment, working with a broad range of partners from different sectors across the City Region, including both Peel Holdings and The Mersey Forest.

Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest said: “Having worked with the Team ar Wirral Waters to plant over 1000 new trees. we are really pleased that Peel’s support for Mersey Forest in Wirral will allow more planting with schools and other communities. These will add to the 9m that have been planted to date across The Mersey Forest helping to create habitat for wildlife, new areas for recreation and a better quality environment for us all. ”

Building on this, Richard Mawdsley, Development Director at Wirral Waters explained: “At Wirral Waters, we are trying to transform this former dockland into a new, sustainable and desirable place – a place for all – with diverse new residential communities and a better local economy. Trees, landscaping and better quality public realm are a vital part of that process.  Wirral Waters urban design involves bringing some of that lush greenery – that Wirral is known for – into the Dock area and the surrounds.  This process has started with over 1,500 trees planted so far.  This is just the start and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Mersey Forest over the coming years to continue greening up the area.  This is good for people, place, business and the environment.”

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