Join local environmental charity Red Rose Forest for a spot of conservation work at Urmston Meadows this month and a chance to learn more about your local tree heritage.

The community forestry project is currently working with Trafford Council, as part of Trafford Partnership, to protect and improve local countryside sites such as Urmston Meadows and Green Hill in Flixton.

And on Saturday, January 17, there’s the chance to come along and find out more about the improvement work and how you can get involved.

Volunteers will also be able to help out with woodland management work such as thinning out overgrown vegetation and trees at the event which runs from 9.30am-11.30am.

Staff from Red Rose Forest will also be on hand to explain more about its new Heritage Trees project – a new initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to record, celebrate and protect Greater Manchester’s special trees, woodlands, orchards and hedgerows. The four-year project aims to build up a unique online record of people’s memories, photos and stories about our local tree heritage.

The event on January 17 is free to attend and there is no need to book. Meet at the Riverside Drive entrance opposite Matlock Avenue.

Please wear suitable warm and waterproof clothing and footwear. All tools and advice will be provided by staff from Red Rose Forest.

Mike Savage, Red Rose Forest Operations Manager, said: “Trafford’s countryside is a rich asset which plays a significant part in enhancing the quality of life of people living in the borough. Tucked away in between the built up areas are beautiful areas of green space which provide a haven for people and wildlife amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.

“Urmston Meadows is a great example of this, and to protect and enhance it requires active management. We want the local community to come along and play a part and the latest event is a great opportunity for people to get involved and find out what we are trying to achieve.

“We will also be telling people about our exciting new Heritage Trees project – and are keen to hear local people’s memories and reflections on Trafford’s old and wonderful trees. We’ll also be telling people more about their local woodland and tree heritage in Trafford – and how they can get involved in caring for them.”


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