Our Team and Partners

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund, formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund, distributes a share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide range of heritage projects across the United Kingdom. We are incredibly grateful for the support of NLHF and National Lottery players, who made this project possible.

Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is a photography gallery and archive in Liverpool, UK that was established in 1977. It is housed in a purpose-built building on the waterfront at Mann Island, its fourth location.


dot-art is a Liverpool based social enterprise which supports visual artists and champions creativity as an integral part of daily life, with a focus on collaboration and sustainability. They do this by selling locally sourced, affordable art through their Liverpool gallery and website, working with businesses to put art in the workplace and public realm, running art classes and working with schools and community groups.

Mersey Forest

The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating ‘woodlands on your doorstep’ for over 25 years.

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council provided additional funding for the team to work with another ten community groups in 2022, giving the project greater reach and impact.

Andy Yates – Photographer and Creative Producer

Socially engaged photographer Andy has designed resources and led workshops with schools and community groups and been a key member of the Tree Story team from the beginning, also producing the first eight Tree Stories that started the project.

Bernadette McBride – Education and Heritage Consultant

Bernadette is a freelance Creative Practitioner and Education Consultant who worked with our partner schools to develop approaches to looking at their local natural heritage through the lens of photography, creative writing and history. She has developed a set of fantastic resources for use in schools.