Sefton Coast Forest Plan Update
Article by The Mersey Forest
The Sefton Coast Woodlands Forest Plan has been operational for eighteen months having been approved for implementation in January 2003. The Plan provides a twenty year structure within which woodland management activities are scheduled over a ten year period.
The owners of 5 more woodland areas have associated themselves with the Plan-Lark Hill Farm, Lark Hill Farm House, Freshfield Dune Heath (Woodvale Airfield), Freshfield Dune Heath (Montague Road) and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, which brings the total of active woodland owners to 25, representing an area of 413.76 hectares (an increase from 408.28 hectares).
6 out of 13 of the woodland owners with work scheduled for year 01 have completed most of their activities for the operational year 2003-Shorrocks Hill, Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council woodlands, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, St Lukes Church, Hesketh Golf Club. The remaining 7 owners either did not have grant funding approved in time or postponed the work until the autumn of the 2004 working year.
More grantsGrant funding to support the woodland work has been applied for on 11 properties-Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, The National Trust Formby Point, Shorrocks Hill, Formby Golf Club, Formby Ladies Golf Club, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council woodlands, Hillside Golf Club, Lark Hill Farm House, Lark Hill Farm, Freshfield Dune Heath (Woodvale Airfield).
7 woodland owners have rescheduled some or all of their work for 2003 to 2004-The National Trust Formby Point, Hillside Golf Club, Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, Formby Golf Club, Formby Ladies Golf Club, Hillside Golf Club, Freshfield Dune Heath (Woodvale Airfield).