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The Mersey Forest turns 25

The concept of the Mersey Forest came about as one of twelve large-scale, long-term tree planting programmes proposed in the early 1990s, with the aim of improving the environment for the benefit of people, wildlife and the economy.

The Mersey Forest, covering 500 square miles, is the largest of these Community Forest areas, covering parts of Merseyside and North Cheshire, and the woodlands planted offer a great opportunity to experience nature on your doorstep.

In the 25 years since the plan for the Mersey Forest was approved by Government, more than nine million trees have been planted, and 3000 hectares of woodland planted up – providing access to the countryside to hundreds of thousands of people in community woodlands, and playing a vital role in absorbing CO2.

The woodlands change constantly through the season, with different plants, birds and insects to be seen so it’s always a good time to visit! Many sites include a variety of habitats, as well as forest.


Follow the links below if you’re not sure where to visit the Mersey Forest near to you.

Cheshire West and Chester:



Becca Nelson