Beechwood, Merseyside


Beechwood is a housing estate situated between Bidston and Noctorum, to the west of Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in England. The estate was built in the 1960s as the Ford Estate and completed in the mid to late 1970s, to house people moving from the North End of Birkenhead and providing a better standard of living.Most of Beechwood is former council property, bought from Wirral Borough Council by local tenants who formed a community housing association. Some of the council houses have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme. The estate is the most northerly of three housing estates within a mile of each other, the other two being at Woodchurch and Noctorum. The estate is now separated into three sections, these being Upper Bidston Village, Beechwood and Greenfields. In recent years the estate has seen significant redevelopment of the former wooded area at 6th Avenue and through the demolition of maisonettes, tower blocks and residential care homes, with the construction of new affordable homes by private investors.GeographyBeechwood is in the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, less than 3km south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe, about 7km east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at West Kirby and about 4.5km west of the River Mersey at Seacombe. The area is situated at an elevation of between 8-26m above sea level.