Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England and takes its name from the River Mersey. While land use in this area is mainly urban, there are suburbs, coastal regions, and semi-rural and rural locations in Merseyside. The county is home to The Liverpool Urban Area, one of the most densely populated areas in England.
Geographically, Merseyside is divided into two parts by the Mersey Estuary, with the Wirral Peninsula on the west side, and Liverpool, St Helens, Formby, and Southport in the east. The east and west are linked by the two Mersey Tunnels. Historically, the region has supported coal mining, and sandstone quarrying continues to this day. The county is home to just 258 farm holdings out of a national total of 105,449.
The climate in Merseyside is cool to mild with average high of 13°C. There is regular rainfall every month, with higher rainfall in the autumn and winter months. Due to the urbanised nature of most parts of Merseyside, gardens may encompass small lawns, and are most suited to potted plants and vegetation.