About

Woolton Village Residents Association

Our Association is always working towards achieving a cleaner, safer and a

more colourful village to live and work in and has done so since its formation in

Our primary aim is to represent the interests of the residents of Woolton

Village and the many people who support us in that effort. Since 2000 we have

helped regenerate Woolton Woods & Camp Hill together with the Quarry Street

playground.

We, have over the last three to four years, planted over one thousand oak,

beech, and other species of tree and shrub in our woods in order to regenerate

our mature woodlands. We have planted over 1000 bluebells and sown over

1800 sq. metres of wild flower seeds along the woodland edge of Hillfoot Road

and High Street Borders in order to create an insect habitat and sustain many

species of wild bird and small mammals. We can also, now see the results of

being involved in the “Britain in Bloom” contest that had been promoted by the

City Council and the Woolton in Bloom Committee.

Arising out of our work and contacts with various community forums, including

The Mersey Forest and offices within the City Council we are able to influence

decisions regarding the environment in the village.

Our latest green project was to create Liverpool Bumblebee Haven Project in

Woolton Wood, funded by an £18,000 grant from Veolia Environmental Trust.

Friends of Woolton Woods & Camp Hill

The Friends of Woolton Woods & Camp Hill was inaugurated in the year 2000,

and is part of the Woolton Village Residents Association (WVRA) which has been

active in the village for over 30 years. The principle aim of which is to conserve

and improve the environment of Woolton Village for the benefit of all.

Woolton Woods & Camp Hill has historically been the centre of people’s

activities from far and wide over many decades. Due to a number years of

neglect, it was thought, at the turn of the century, that it was time for the

umbrella association “WVRA” to protect our woodland – hence the formation of

the “Friends” group.

Our aim is to strike a balance between the quality of the woodland, the living

space for the plants birds and animals and peoples enjoyment of the park land.

We want to continue improving the quality of life in Woolton Village itself in

terms of the environment and hopefully improve the air quality here. As you

are probably aware the more trees there are the better the air quality.

What we do

Since its inception we have evolved into a strong working group. The group

carries out many environmental works which includes removal of invasive

species such as :-

rhododendrons, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam

We also plant flowers such as :-

Bluebells, snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, and wild flowers

We are increasing the footprint of the woodland by planting indigenous tree

species and under-story species that already exist in the woodland, such as :-

oak (mainly English oak), beech, horse chestnut, hawthorn,

blackthorn, hazel and ash.

In partnership with the City Council and Glendale Liverpool we have previously

won the Green Flag award in partnership with the City Council . We have also

won the North West Biodiversity Award for Woolton Wood in 2008.

Our involvement with external bodies

Our partners are Mersey Forest, Liverpool City Council, Glendale Liverpool,

Veolia Environmental Trust, and the Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV).

Together, we work towards improving all the parks in the Merseyside area.

We are also a part of the Liverpool Parks Friends Forum and members of the

steering group for the Community Contracting Initiative within Mersey Forest.

To carry out our work, we actively seek grants from our partners and other

sources. This enables us to continue improving Woolton Woods & Camp hill and

our experience in this field also enables us to advise other “Friends” groups on

grant application

Volunteers

We are always seeking volunteers of any level of experience and any

background. The only thing we ask is that you are a keen supporter of our

principles of protecting and improving the environment of the area in which we

live and work. We always look forward to hearing the views and suggestions of

our volunteers

Whilst playing our part in conserving the woods and parkland and its

entire natural habitat on our doorstep we are contributing globally to the

improvement of the environment of the world as a whole.

Come and join us – you can make a difference.