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Wirral 'Forest School' rangers to visit the Big Apple
The “Big Apple” beckons for a group of Wirral Council officers who have been invited to share their expertise with counterparts at one of the world’s most famous parks.
Parks staff will visit New York’s Central Park to help them create their own version of Wirral’s hugely successful "Forest Schools" project - an initiative that encourages young people to use the open air to inspire creative learning.
Councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “It is so exciting for our innovative Forest Schools project to be adopted by one of the most famous parks in the world, and one which we share such close ties with.
"This is an opportunity for Wirral’s parks and countryside staff to share their expertise, and demonstrate how Wirral Council is utilising our wonderful green spaces to achieve real benefits for the health of residents.”
Terri Carta, Central Park Conservancy’s director of programs said: "Our recent visit to parks around the peninsula has reinforced our thinking that parks play a critical role in creating healthy communities, and that we have a shared vision and unique opportunity for the future.
“Specifically, we look forward to a continued exchange with Wirral Council as we work to create stewards of our parks and elevate the importance and care of parks worldwide.”
Following a successful visit to Birkenhead Park by Doug Blonsky, president and chief executive of New York Central Park Conservancy in April, work has been ongoing between staff from the two parks services.
A second visit was made by staff from Central Park Conservancy in early October, leading to an offer for Wirral Council parks staff to visit New York in Spring 2014.
Central and Birkenhead Park share historic links, with Birkenhead Park cited as a formative influence on Frederick Law Olmstead’s design for Central Park.
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