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Campus tree planting project gets underway

27 Mar 2018

The University has embarked on a new tree planting programme for the campus

Campus tree planting

Phase one of planting starts at the end of this month at a variety of locations including the campus to the west of Oxford Road, Dover Street and the Armitage Centre.  The project will also extend to Wilson Street in Ardwick, bringing the urban benefits of trees to our local community.

The University is committed to preserving mature trees where possible, but as part of the Campus Masterplan, a number of major new building projects has led to the removal of trees within the various project site boundaries.  

The Project guarantees that for every tree felled, two trees will be planted and where possible these will be of a semi mature size to have an immediate impact.

Director of Estates Diana Hampson said: “Our commitment to sustainable tree planting will benefit all, whether staff, students, or our local community, now and for generations to come.

“We are delighted to be working with City of Trees on this important environmental project as part of our ambitious Campus Masterplan.”

Initial exploratory holes are currently being dug to pinpoint tree locations and planting has started near the Ellen Wilkinson Building, before moving to Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.  Planting in Ardwick is expected to start in April.  

The University has appointed City of Trees to help identify the new planting locations as well as help the new trees take root.

Technical and GI Planning Manager at City of Trees Pete Stringer said: “A variety of species have been selected including wherever possible native varieties. 

“The species have been selected on the basis of the availability of space and the benefits that they will provide, in terms of supporting biodiversity and seasonal interest such as interesting leaf shape, spring blossom and autumn colour.”

Pictured (L-R) at the planting of the first tree, a Himalayan Birch, on the Ellen Wilkinson Quad: Julia Durkan, Sustainable Campus Officer; Kevin Wigley, City of Trees; Shaun Cooper, Wright's Landscapes; and Capital Projects Manager Daniel Stinton.