Families in Merseyside are being encouraged to explore the great outdoors by taking part in geocaching – the 21st century version of the treasure hunt.
The Mersey Forest has teamed up with MSP and OpenCacheUK to hide new ‘caches’ in local parks and green spaces. Geocaching is a great way to enjoy being outside, discovering somewhere new, getting fitter and enjoying the thrill of the hunt!
Danny Woodworth, Physical Activity and Sport Officer, MSP commented:
“MSP are delighted to be working in partnership with the Mersey Forest and local community groups to create this opportunity, which encourages people of all ages to explore their local green spaces and be more physically active in the process. We would encourage anyone to get involved and give it a go – no matter what your age or level of fitness.”
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants (Geocachers) use a smartphone with GPS to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”).
These containers have a log book for hunters to record their names and the dates on which they find the stash. The ‘treasure’ is in the form of all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs. The main rule is: if the finder decides to take anything away, they’re required to leave something of equal or greater value for the next person to discover.
Local green spaces that feature new hidden treasure include Everton Park, Calderstones Park and Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool, and Colliers Moss in St Helens.
Suzanne Londra, Nature4Health Officer at the Mersey Forest said:
“Geocaching is great activity for the holidays because it doesn’t break the bank. It’s great fun, free, and gets you out being active in local green spaces. It turns a walk into a treasure hunt!”
Full instructions for how to join in the hunt can be found at www.merseyforest.org.uk/geocaching
The Mersey Forest
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces spread across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating ‘woodlands on your doorstep’ for more than 20 years.
The Forest is one of the leading environmental regeneration initiatives in the North West. Through community and partnership working, we have planted 9 million trees – equivalent to five new trees for every person living within the Forest area.
Nature4Health is a Mersey Forest initiative that uses the power of nature to help people give their minds and bodies a boost. It’s a three year project funded by The Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme to tackle health inequalities in targeted communities across The Mersey Forest. The programme provides health-promoting, enjoyable group activities in a green, therapeutic environment.