Three years on from the opening of Mab Lane Community Woodland, a new case study written by Julian Dobson has been published highlighting the benefits the woodland has brought to the local area – read it here.
A fab video of the Mab’s Magical Fair event held at Mab Lane Community Woodland earlier this summer. The event attracted nearly 700 people to come and enjoy Forest School activities with a magical twist.
It was organised as part of The Mersey Forest’s Access to Nature project. Read more about the day and see photos in this story on The Mersey Forest website.
Mab Lane came up trumps at Merseyside’s Echo Environment Awards held at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory this week. Local resident Tony Beyga won the “Give” category for his volunteering efforts at Mab Lane Community Woodland, and The Mersey Forest’s Access to Nature project scooped the “Be Active” award for its work to help thousands of people discover their local woodlands in the Mab Lane area of Liverpool and the Bold Forest Park area of St.Helens.
Thanks so much to everyone who braved the weather and enjoyed a fab elf and fairy themed day at Mab Lane Community Woodland. There are loads of pics and great reaction from parents on the event’s Facebook page.
As a taste of what people thought of the event, one mum said: “Absolutely amazing day today. I thoroughly enjoyed it even if the sun wasn’t out. A perfect day – hope its back next year. My family loved every minute of it – thank you.”
A big well done to Tony Beyga, who has made a huge contribution at Mab Lane Community Woodland over the years, and has been deservedly shortlisted in the Liverpool Echo Environment Awards 2013.
Tony’s photography (including the photo above) has documented the early years of the woodland for posterity and has helped to spread the word about Mab Lane. He has also been a hugely valuable eyes and ears on the ground, and a great advocate for the woodland. Even with funding and technical expertise in place, projects like this to create a community woodland in the heart of an urban neighbourhood cannot be a true success without local champions like Tony.