New woodland of 20,000 trees to be planted in West Derby

More than £700,000 of regeneration funding is to be invested by a group of public organisations to transform 60 acres of brownfield land in West Derby, Liverpool.

The new woodland will be planted during 2009 off Mab Lane on a former playing field and an area of land known locally as 'the back field' close to Stockbridge village and Croxteth Country Park.

The investment is made up of £440,000 of investment from Newlands, a collaboration between the North West Development Agency and the Forestry Commission. Further funding has come form the Forestry Commission's English Woodland Grant Scheme, the Riverside Group, the Big Lottery's Changing Spaces programme, the Mersey Forest's Objective 1 ERDF funding and Liverpool City Council.

Up to 20,000 new native UK trees with be planted, alongside wildflower meadows, a community orchard, seasonal wetland areas that have all been chosen to support the conservation and enhancement of the area's existing biodiversity, as well as to deliver maximum colour and visual impact.

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