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Campus tree project brings the urban benefits of trees to the City of Manchester

04 Jun 2018

70 trees planted across the city

Tree planting event

Local residents, councillors and project partners gathered in Ardwick to celebrate the Campus Tree Planting project.  

The Campus Masterplan’s new buildings have led to the removal of trees within the various project site boundaries. The University has been working with City of Trees to ensure that for every tree felled, two trees will be planted to secure a more environmentally sustainable and resilient campus.  

Phase One has seen a variety of trees including Oak, Persian ironwood and Scots pine planted across the University campus, providing opportunities for local communities to connect with nature in their local surroundings.  

Councillor Bernard Priest said, “It’s great to see more green spaces being developed in such a densely populated part of the city. The Campus Masterplan Tree Planting project is helping us to transform our city and improve health and wellbeing for future generations.” 

Director of Estates Diana Hampson said:  “We’re delighted with the progress of the project which has seen over 70 trees planted across the city from Oxford Road to the Armitage Centre and all the way to Ardwick. Our continued commitment to sustainable tree planting will have long term benefits for our students, staff and the local community for years to come.” 

The campus tree project aims to plant around 200 trees across the campus by the end of 2020. 

Pictured (L-R) at the tree planting event at Wilson Street, Ardwick: Marc McVey (Buro Four), Julia Durkan, Martin Toal (Resident), Kevin Wigley, (City of Trees), Wayne Harrison (Connell Brothers), Ben Iles-Smith, (City of Trees), Councillor Bernard Priest, Councillor Tina Hewitson, Glenn O’Driscoll (Connell Brothers), Ryan Lewis,  Helen Cutts, Mark Riley (Connell Brothers)