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The Millwood & Alderwood is one of the only few ancient woodland in Merseyside dating back to before 13th Century it formed part of the larger Royal hunting forest of  Hale Wood also supplying Oak trees for the building of ships in the nearby Hale Bank.  The woodland has many species uniquley associated with ancient woodland such as Wood Sorrel, Wood Anemome, Dog Mercury.

Now a days if you walk through the woodland your more likely to find people fishing in the largest of the 3 ponds!  If you come in the spring time there are 1,000’s of tadpoles swimming about, it’s also awash with Blue Bells.  As the season progress on you will see all the Dragonflies, Butterflies such as Orange Tip, Common Blue if you look up among  the tree tops you may spot some Purple Hairstreaks?

There are many birds such as Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The Friends of  Millwood & Alderwood have won many awards for the work they have undertaken including a Green Hero’s Award they are also awaiting a plaque from the BBC for planting 400 tree in the tree o’clock world record.

The Friends of Millwood & Alderwood are showing some of the photographs taken in the woods at Neighbours Day on Friday 4th June 2010 at The Parklands, Conleach Road, Speke, Liverpool 24 from noon until 4pm.  The event is free.

The Neighbours Day went well, it was a shame the wind was so gusty as the photographs kept going to take flight along with the posters!  Many people chatted about the woods as a lot more people know about the woods & use them more since the group started.  It was good interacting with other groups.

The Friends of Millwood & Alderwood have received a  grant from Liverpool City Councils, Councillors Community Initiative fund to enable the group to have much needed work carried out in the woods.  The Friends will be working in partnership with Mersey Forest, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, LCC  & BTCV on a number of jobs in the woods.

Tuesday 31st August 2010 BTCV started work on removing the old rotted & damaged fishing pegs on the biggest pond & replace them with new ones.

The fishing pegs were finished & area around them cleared for easy access.

The pathways & meadows were due to be started at start of December but due to the heavy snow work was delayed until start of January all work was carried out by Lancashire Wild Life Trust.

Richie Davies won the Liverpool City Council’s parks & gardens Calender competition his Photograph is on the front of calender.

The Friends of Millwood & Alderwood fishing club are helping on the pond cleaning which should be finished by second week in February.

On Wednesday 26th January 2011 the 50 tree donated from BTCV were given out to 5 local schools in the area, also in the Community garden in Catford Green the remaining were planted near the woods.

On Friday 3rd June 2011 the group put a proposal forward to the Board of SLH (South Liverpool Housing) at the annual Neighbours Day’s Dragons Den. Along with other groups in the area, ours was for young children to experience  fishing activities.

The group won the £1,000 prize money, which many young children have appreciated the experience they would not normally have had & it has been such a success that the group has decided to continue after the project finishes.

The Friends of Millwood & Alderwood have been awarded a Natural Choices grant from Liverpool PCT & will be starting the project soon.

The Friends of Millwood & Alderwood have joined Project Dirt Liverpool hopefully get to meet other groups of like minded people to swap experiences & advice.

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