Bidston Moss Community Woodland (Wallasey Bridge Road, Wirral) – The landfill site at Bidston Moss has undergone major restoration work since closure in 1995. Hundreds of trees have been planted, wildflower meadows have been sown and boardwalks installed, all joined by a network of pathways.
The restoration works commenced with the importation of soil forming materials, principally paper pulp from the Bridgewater paper recycling plant in Ellesmere Port. The paper pulp was mixed with soil and spread across the site. Tree planting started soon afterwards, under the guidance of Groundwork Wirral, and the woodland is now well established and features a mixture of tree species (including ash, alder, willow and oak).
The Community Woodland is now managed by the Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk) under the Newlands scheme. It is linked to the National Cycle Network route 56, (www.sustrans.org.uk) by means of the bridge that spans the railway line which leads to New Brighton. The woodland is clearly visible from the M53 motorway. The site is easily accessible from both the Bidston and Birkenhead North railway stations.
The woodland is surrounded by a four metre wide, tarmacced, perimeter track. This surface is ideal for both pedestrians and cyclists, and has been marked accordingly. This track is approximately 2.2 kilometers long. A network of paths crosses the remainder of the site, and these too are suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. In addition a mountain bike track has been installed on the higher slopes of the site.
The pond on the site has been developed with angling in mind (for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Boardwalks constructed from recycled plastic have been installed along the north and west slopes of the pond.
Organisations wishing to use the site should contact the Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk).
Red Quarry Community Woodland (Chester Lane, St Helens) – The development of the Red Quarry woodland commenced in the mid 1990’s, when the site was planted with large blocks of native trees. These trees are now well established, providing a valuable habitat for local wildlife and a useful addition to the biodiversity of St Helens. The Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk) took over the running of the site in 2008, and have since opened the site up to the public. New entrance features and pathways now enhance the site, making it a popular recreational spot for local residents. The site is part of the Forestry Commission’s “Brickfields” scheme, which links several woodlands in the area.
Roughdales Community Woodland (St. Helens) – The Roughdales landfill site was restored to a woodland during the mid 1990’s. A mixture of native tree species have become well established on the site. The site is popular with local residents who use it for recreational purposes.
Sefton Meadows Community Woodland (Maghull) – Restoration works on the Sefton Meadows (extension 3) landfill site were undertaken during the 1990’s. Hundreds of trees have been planted on the site, many by local school children. These are interlaced by a network of footpaths. Sculptures by local artists have been installed at a few locations across the site. The woodland is in close proximity to a number of footpaths in the area, including the Cheshire Lines Path, which links to the national cycle network.
Sefton Meadows Extension No 2 – This has been restored and returned to the landowner where it is used for arable farming.
Other closed landfill sites – Billinge has been restored to woodland but is not open to the public yet. It now provides a valuable habitat for migratory birds. Foul Lane is still awaiting restoration works.