Celebrating 30 years of Storeton Woods and the Friends of Storeton Woods
Back in the 1980’s Storeton Woods in Bebington near Liverpool on the Wirral was used for motorbike scrambling and hosting “war games” with permission of the previous owner of the woods who charged for these activities. This constant noise, pollution, disturbance and damage to the woodland led to local residents getting together under a common goal to buy the land and protect the woods for local people to enjoy for the future.
The Friends of Storeton Woods (F.O.S.W) was established in 1989, when local residents of Bebington started to raise funds to buy the neglected woodland with help from the Woodland Trust. Over 800 people joined the F.O.S.W who managed to raise £20,000 which was matched by the Woodland Trust to buy the land from the original owner. Since then the wood has been managed by the Woodland Trust with help from F.O.S.W who still have around 500 members today. Over the years the F.O.S.W have donated thousands of pounds to the Woodland Trust to help with the cost of managing the woods including nearly £10,000 in 2016 to improve the entrances and footpaths.
On Sunday 17th November, Site Manager Neil Oxley and local contractor Tony Hickinbottom from The Earth Skills Project helped the F.O.S.W to celebrate their 30th anniversary by planting over 300 trees with members of the public.
About 80 people attended the event including many families with young children who have been coming to Storeton Woods in the past couple of years to take in part in forest school activities run by Claire Douglas from Douglas Tree Forest School. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day and to all the other Woodland Trust staff who have helped at the wood over the years.
Neil Oxley, Cheshire and Merseyside Site Manager.