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University commits to new tree policy on campus

11 May 2016

As the campus undergoes major redevelopment, the University has set out its commitment to compensate tree loss and provide a co-ordinated approach to tree planting across the campus and local community

Aerial view of trees on campus

Increasing tree cover will complement the redevelopment of the campus and help to create a world class environment for all campus users.

Through its tree policy, it is working towards delivering across a number of areas:

  • Implementation of a tree plan for the Campus, which includes new tree planting opportunities in residential areas adjacent to Oxford Road campus;
  • Two for one tree replacement, with replacement on and off campus;
  • Planting a new woodland at the University’s Wythenshawe Sports Grounds;
  • Establishment of a tree trail on the University’s Oxford Road and North Campus
  • Encouraging student volunteers to help plant new woodlands and carry out woodland management works alongside Red Rose Forest; 
  • Working with City of Trees and other partners to develop research projects to quantify the importance of trees for climate change adaptation and a range of other social and environmental benefits.

Director of Estates and Facilities, Diana Hampson, said: ”We are undertaking a huge building programme within the constraints of the existing campus boundary and inevitably some trees will be lost. However we are committed to ensure that we improve the level of tree cover to create a green and pleasant environment to benefit all campus users.”

In addition to tree planting, new build capital projects have an element of landscaping and planting including the engineering campus and also the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre on the North Campus where a `pocket park’ will be created.

Brunswick Park which will be the largest green space on campus, created by landscaping Brunswick Street after its closure to vehicles.