The MGET’s story began with the iconic new bridge across the River Mersey for Halton in the North West, the Mersey Gateway.
The Mersey Gateway Project is a ‘green’ project that will bring major environmental benefits to the local area. Environmental issues have been a key focus since the project was first developed, which led to the creation of the MGET.
MGET is an independent Charitable Trust set up in 2010 to promote the conservation, protection, and improvement of the environment across a 1600 hectare area of the Upper Mersey Estuary running all the way from Halton’s existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, to the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and up-river as far as Warrington.
During the project, we have worked alongside the project’s environmental team to successfully introduce cattle grazing, to start to manage reedbeds and saltmarsh habitats, allow research projects in shrimp behaviour, carbon sequestration, ecosystem services – and all to bring about wildlife benefits to the estuary.
The Mersey Gateway Bridge was completed on Saturday 14th October 2017 but the work of the Trust does not end there.
We have made great achievements throughout the construction of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and now, looking to the future, the MGET embarks on a 25 – 30 year journey to create a new 28.5 hectare nature reserve around the area of the new iconic bridge.
The MGET will offer a new approach to the Upper Mersey Estuary, with innovative ecological management for people to enjoy this special landscape for generations to come.
Working with Merseylink and Halton Borough Council, the MGET will monitor and manage the saltmarsh alongside the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
Our Vision and aims
The Trust vision is to promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the Upper Mersey Estuary and related areas.
Our aims are to:
- be the Upper Mersey Estuary’s most active and influential wildlife champion,
- ensure the Mersey Gateway Project is a visionary example of environmental management for future major construction projects,
- improve the natural environment around the bridge and through the Upper Mersey Estuary on both land and water,
- increase the bird and wildlife population of the Upper Mersey Estuary over the next 30 years, and
- secure additional funding for environmental initiatives in the area over the next 30 years.