Sefton beauty spots are in the race to be Merseyside and North Cheshire’s favourite woodlands as part of a new campaign from The Mersey Forest.

Throughout the summer, families, dog walkers, nature lovers and joggers are invited to nominate and vote for their favourite local trees and woods on an interactive map on the Mersey Forest website.

Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to Chester Zoo.

The campaign comes hot on the heels of a national report on the future direction of forestry in England, which praised Sefton Council for its efforts to increase tree cover in the local area, and also singled out The Mersey Forest’s work to create more woodlands in school grounds.

Sites in Sefton that are already gathering support in the quest to be number one range from the area’s cherished coastal woodlands to hidden gems like Sniggery Woods, located between Crosby and Little Crosby.

The map also offers the chance to suggest places where more trees are needed, and how existing woodlands could be made even better. The comments made will help shape The Mersey Forest Plan – the blueprint to create more woodlands and street trees across Merseyside and North Cheshire.

Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: “More than 60 different woodlands have already been nominated as people’s favourite beauty spots, showing what a great range of places to explore we have in the local area. We’re also very keen to hear about places where people would like to see more trees planted, and we hope to make some of these ideas come true this winter.”

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “In Sefton we work very hard to ensure new trees and greenery feature within new building developments, or are provided in other suitable locations nearby. So we are delighted that this good practice has been recognised in a national report.

“This latest initiative by the Mersey Forest appeals to people’s affection for trees and woodland and I am sure lots of people will have their own favourite beauty spots. It will also be interesting to hear which areas people nominate to see more tree planting in the future.”

Take part in the map campaign by Friday September 21 to enter the prize draw.

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