Bill Esterson MP visits new Woodlands Walk in Formby

Bill Esterson at Woodlands Primary


Formby’s Labour MP, Bill Esterson visited Woodlands Primary School for a tour of the school and the new Woodlands outdoor classroom, which the children helped build.

The children had invited their MP to visit the school after meeting him at the Houses of Parliament on a school trip. On his visit to the school, Bill Esterson, MP was shown round by a group of year 6 children, Ruby, Josh, Lauren and Nathan from the school council and Edward, Stephen, Poppy and Lucy from the Eco Committee.

Bill said: “The school had to remove the trees in the Woodland Copse because they were dangerous and the Forestry Commission helped the school apply for a felling licence.

"When the school consulted its neighbours, they had a letter from one elderly lady who remembered how a classmate had been killed when a branch fell on her from a tree when she was at primary school. The lady’s story was evidence of why it was important that the trees were removed.

"The school had to replace the trees which were removed and have created a new outdoor classroom, including a living willow structure, which the children can walk through. The children are learning about which species are from this country, so that they plant the right plants and trees to encourage red squirrels and discourage greys.

"It was great to visit the school having already met the children in London and I was really pleased to see the help the school has received from the Forestry Commission and from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Dave Blount, the consultant who advised them what to plant.

"The indigenous trees planted include scots pine and narrow leafed trees and I hope to visit again when the new Woodlands walks are more established to see if the red squirrels have been attracted to the school.”


The new Woodlands walk replaces the Woodlands Copse and the walk, which had to be closed because of the potential danger.

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