Volunteers have helped to create a new woodland at Salford’s Green Grosvenor Park, planting more than 250 trees in a single day.
Local environmental charity Red Rose Forest teamed up with staff from TD Direct Investing to plant willow, alder, and birch trees at the park in Lower Broughton.
Also taking part were staff and pupils from nearby Riverside Primary School and volunteers from the Friends of Green Grosvenor Park.
The team of volunteers also worked hard to carry out woodland management tasks on existing trees on the site, thinning and pruning trees to make the park safer and improve visibility for those who use it.
Staff members from TD Direct Investing’s Manchester branch volunteered as part of the bank’s ‘TD Tree Days’ scheme, which sees employees take time out from the office to plant trees in local communities.
Red Rose Forest has spent more than two decades boosting the number of trees across Greater Manchester – creating new woodlands and planting street trees in towns and cities.
Its latest project, City of Trees, aims to double tree cover in Greater Manchester within a generation, planting a tree for every man, woman and child in the region.
Through the Heritage Lottery funded Heritage Trees project it is also working to celebrate, record and protect Greater Manchester’s special trees, woodlands, orchards and hedgerows. The four-year project, which started this year, will involve the creation of an online record of local tree heritage, including people’s stories, memories and photographs.
Kevin Wigley, Red Rose Forest Green Streets Co-ordinator, said: “Planting events like the one at Green Grosvenor Park are our first steps towards realising the ambitions of the City of Trees and Heritage Trees projects. Over the coming years we want communities across Greater Manchester to join us as we work to expand tree cover across the region and protect the trees and woodlands we already have.
“In the process we will be creating the heritage trees of the future and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. Improving existing woodland is another key part of both projects – ensuring they are well managed and taking steps to involve local communities in caring for them.
“Planting more trees will of course make our towns and cities better places to live, work and invest. But the trees will also play a crucial role in helping Greater Manchester adapt to climate change and tackle environmental issues such as pollution and flood prevention.”
Carl Howard, Commercial Director, TD Direct Investing, said: “The TD Tree Days are a great way for us to work together as a team to give something back to the local communities where we are based. It’s great to see the effort and enthusiasm from our team, who give 100 per cent commitment to the tree planting – and create lasting improvements for local neighbourhoods.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who took part in the Salford Green Grosvenor park project. In just one day, you have created a new woodland area for people in Salford to enjoy for years to come.”
Jamie Wise, chair of the Friends of Green Grosvenor Park said: ”The Friends of Green Grosvenor Park have been working really hard over the past year to improve the park for all. The planting of the new woodland demonstrates the group’s commitment to the park.”