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Wirral Waters develops

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Today the first of 1,200 trees will be planted in an area that will become one of the key gateway routes into Wirral Waters.

Wirral Waters is the UK's biggest regeneration project, focusing on 500 acres of semi derelict dockland in Birkenhead and Wallasey, facing Liverpool's famous waterfront. The four and a half billion pound scheme will see the area turned into offices, homes and a new marina

The environmental improvements are a key aspect within the early stages of Wirral Waters' vision to turn around four decades of decline. It's hoped the new landscape will help transform key streets connecting Wirral Waters into existing communities including North Birkenhead.

Keith Jones, Area Director of the Forestry Commission, said: "This is not about trees, its about targeted and strategic tree planting - the creation of 'green infrastructure' that will act as a catalyst for economic growth.''

Developer Peel Holdings plans for Wirral Waters are incredible; in terms of its vision, ambition and scale. The investment in trees and landscaping is about connecting these new developments to the existing fabric of the area. It's also about telling investors we are open for business.''

Richard Mawdsley, Project Director of Peel, said: "This event marks another step forward in the Wirral Waters journey. It took us six years to secure the planning permission - the largest in the UK. We have now moved into a new phase - which is about changing perceptions. We need to use the current economic climate to build the right infrastructure as we look to build occupier confidence and make Wirral Waters 'of Wirral'. Tree planting and green infrastructure is a major strand of that plan. ''