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NEWS RELEASE No: 1560916 AUGUST 2012

New boardwalk improves access to green spaces

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Volunteers have helped to create a new boardwalk at Maypole Woods in St Helens.

The boardwalk has been installed by the Forestry Commission with help from a group of 15 volunteers from TCV, The Conservation Volunteers.

It has been constructed over a pathway that has been eroded by water from a nearby stream and will provide better access to neighbouring Clock Face Country Park on Gorsey Lane.

Ranger for the area Adam Evans donned waders and waterproofs with the volunteers so they could construct the boardwalk from within the stream.

Adam said:

“The boardwalk will once again open up this access point between two beautiful green spaces – Maypole Wood and Clock Face Country Park.

“The water was waist high at points but everyone was in good spirits and worked very hard.

“Our partnership with TCV has gone from strength to strength and the results can be seen in community woodlands all across St Helens.”

Work took place last week with the volunteers helping in drilling, hammering and clearing any overgrowth from the surrounding area.

The path had become inaccessible as the stream, fed by a natural spring running through old mine shafts in the area, had gradually washed it away.

The Forestry Commission acquired the land, previously Maypole Farm, in May 2001 and has since planted thousands of trees as well as a willow coppice used for willow weaving in the local area.

It is home to wildlife including dragonflies, buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks, rabbits, foxes and roe deer.

The Forestry Commission has been working with volunteers from TCV in areas around St Helens for the past 12 months, improving public access and encouraging wildlife.

Rangers manage community woodlands around towns and cities across the North West, providing a green refuge from city life.

Notes to editors

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

Media Contact: Hayley Kearney on 01606 888111 or Richard Topley, of the Forestry Commission, on 01606 324909.