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A PopUP Forest will appear in Williamson Square 26-27 June for the second year running and will be opened by the government Tree Champion Sir William Worsley.

Clare Olver of Mersey Forest said:

“We are trying to recreate the tranquillity of a forest for the busy urban environment. Each day it seems that there are more reports and studies to show how being close to nature and being in trees and woodlands in particular is good for own wellbeing. This is a chance to immerse in a forest, in the busy city centre for 5 mins, take a breath and gather thoughts for the day ahead”

The PopUP Forest has been designed by Liverpool based BCA Landscape and is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Urban GreenUP project. BCA Landscape Director Andy Thomson commented:

“We have taken our inspiration from the Japanese Forest Bathing ideas. We all enjoy the bustle of the city, but now and again we need the opportunity to recharge and find inspiration. The PopUP Forest reminds us that being in nature is good for us on many levels.”

Urban GreenUP is a five-year programme that aims to plant more trees, create green walls and habitats for pollinators. The programme is part of an international collaboration led by Cartif in Spain, with Liverpool City Council leading the local partnership with The Mersey Forest and the University of Liverpool.

Bill Addy, CEO at the Liverpool BID Company has been involved with Urban GreenUP from the start said:

“Our businesses recognise the value of a green city and it is part of our business plan. The health impacts are perhaps less well known, but many of us know that we feel better in green spaces. The PopUP Forest gives us a glimpse of what might be possible.”

Liverpool City Council commented:

“The Urban GreenUP project is showing the value and benefit of greening our city centre. The PopUP Forest is an opportunity to explore some of the health benefits and also start the conversations about how we green our cities to improve health and make us resilient to climate change too.”

Sir William Worsley has the task of helping to increase woodland and tree planting across England to reach the 11m tree target by 2022 said:

“The PopUP Forest is a great and innovative idea. We know the health value of trees and we value the creativity and energy of cities like Liverpool. More trees in and around our towns and cities is a good investment for people, wildlife and a sustainable economy.”

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