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Woodland legacy for culture city

Oak leaves
Work to transform the brownfield site is due to start in spring 2009

Tens of thousands of new trees are to be planted in Liverpool to mark the city's year as European Capital of Culture.

More than 700,0000 will be spent transforming a huge brownfield site in Mab Lane, West Derby.

Those behind the project said it would create "the world's most colourful woodland".

It is also expected to be a showpiece for the city's forthcoming 'Year of the Environment'.

Wildflower meadows, seasonal wetland areas and an orchard are also planned.

The regeneration cash is being put in by a number of organisations - including the city council, the North West Regional Development Agency and the Forestry Commission.

Liverpool City Council said the new Mab Lane woodland would be expected to play a large part in the regeneration of the area.

Work on the site is expected to start in spring next year.

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