Ten things to do in The Mersey Forest this Summer

1. Explore the Forest Parks

Did you know there are seven ‘Forest Parks’ within Merseyside and North Cheshire? Which have you explored?

2. Walk and learn with naturalist Tom Ferguson

A great friend of The Mersey Forest, Tom will be leading three walks on Colliers Moss in St Helens this Summer  – focusing on orchids (June 10), butterflies (July 15), and summer flowers and fungi (Aug 19).

3. Hunt for our geocaches

They’ve hidden many new caches of treasure in green spaces within The Mersey Forest ready for you to discover, for free. Join the hunt!

4. Complete a Parkrun

Parkrun is a phenomenon, and we’ve counted 14 in local parks and green spaces. Some are in fantastic woodland locations like Delamere Forest, Countess of Chester Country Park, Northwich woodlands and don’t forget Bold Forest Junior Parkrun on Colliers Moss in St Helens.

5. Have breakfast with moths

Join the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) for croissants and see the the range of beautiful moths attracted to the traps on the previous night. One of many events in the Northwich Woodlands – others include photography workshops, pond-dipping for adults and wildflowers and lions… more details.

6. Get on your bike

Had enough of walking? Try out one of the suggested cycling trails around green spaces and woodlands within The Mersey Forest.

7. Bash the balsam

Experience the satisfaction of a day attacking the scourge of our green spaces, the invasive Himalayan Balsam, with the Friends of Clinkham Wood in St Helens. More details.

Bold Forest Park – Photos by Steve Samosa

8. Do the dog run challenge

Something new at Delamere Forest – combine orienteering and running and complete tasks with your dog in this innovative challenge. Treats for all dogs! More details

9. Go for a mindful walk in the woods

Check our our guide to ‘forest bathing’ – the hot new wellness trend.

10. Volunteer and help grow the Forest

The Mersey Forest is growing and developing thanks to the hard work of volunteers who work together as part of ‘Friends of’ groups. They need more people to care for our local woodlands – and they can put you in touch with groups in your area who would love your help. Contact them for more details.


You can still win £100 Go Outdoors vouchers! find out more via the link below

Walk In The Woods And You Could Win £100 Go Outdoors Vouchers!


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