Bluebell Woods, Fazakerley is an NHS Forest project which is created, supported and used by Aintree University Hospital.
This site joined the NHS Forest in 2014, and features a five hectare woodland currently being improved by volunteers. The site is sandwiched between Aintree University NHS Trust Hospital and Altcourse Prison and forms part of the Communities Fazakerley Woods and Fields Nature Reserve. It is a vital part of the Liverpool green spaces mosaic and forms a link with other open spaces. Bluebell Woods lies within the designation of the Fazakerley Ecology Park complex and forms a crucial part of the park’s green infrastructure.
Natural England provided a grant which enabled the path to be upgraded in 2014 to an all-weather path. This has been welcomed by hospital staff, visitors, patients and local residents who now have easier access to the woodland.
Volunteering Days and Woodland Workouts are frequently run at Bluebell Woods, offering a great opportunity for hospital staff, patients, and the public to enjoy the outdoors whilst helping to tend to the local environment and wildlife. Current activities include creating deadwood hedging, planting new trees, and spotting wildlife.
In 2021, 90 trees sponsored by the NHS Forest and green search engine Ecosia were planted in the Fazakerley Bluebell Woods.
In 2022, another 300 NHS Forest trees were planted.