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
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
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
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.