11 December 2019
More than 100 people from five different Sikh temples across Greater Manchester came together last weekend to create a new woodland for generations to come.
The planting day was organised to honour Guru Nanak's 550th birthday, who was the founder of Sikhism.
During the planting day, 550 native broadleaf trees were planted at Waterdale and Drinkwater Park in Bury, which is managed by Forestry England. The trees were donated by City of Trees Manchester.
A prayer was said before the ceremonial planting of the first tree, and then everyone got stuck in and helped to plant the rest of the saplings. There will be a plaque going up to name the area Guru Nanak wood, and many of the Sikh community are keen to come back and help plant more trees.
Kay Clark, from Forestry England, who manages the site, said: "We were delighted to welcome such a large and enthusiastic community group to come and help us plant trees at Waterdale. The day was filled with prayer and laughter and all 550 trees were planted in what seemed like no time at all. The group have helped us create a new area of woodland which will be enjoyed by many for years to come as well as helping to fight climate change.
"The group were keen to look after their patch of woodland so we look forward to welcoming them back in the future for further volunteering."
Sarah Nurton, City of Trees Manchester, said: "We were thrilled to provide the trees to this community group who worked so hard to plant a large number of trees in just one day, as well as commemorating a special day for Sikhs.
"They also did a collection for our charity, City of Trees, and the money raised will be used to further even more tree planting across Greater Manchester."
We are calling on Greater Manchester residents to help us plant half a million trees by the end of tree planting season – March 2020. Every £10 plants a tree, or alternatively we're asking people to volunteer with us for tree planting sessions.
Find out more and donate at www.cityoftrees.org.uk/halfamillion
Photo credit: Sam Nidsdale