9 October 2019
City of Trees works across Greater Manchester, planting trees, preserving woodlands, establishing orchards and connecting people to nature. In this blog, written by Elle at City of Trees, we look at the work we have been doing in Trafford.
Since June 2019 we have been running twice monthly Citizen Forester events at sites across Trafford. So far, we have held nine successful events, engaging over 100 volunteers, across five different green spaces.
Activities to date have included removal of invasive Himalayan Balsam, path clearance along the Trans Pennine Trail and tree maintenance. Volunteers have also worked had to make spaces more pleasant by clearing up litter and removing Graffiti removal.
One site on which we have be focussing is Wellacre Country Park in Flixton, Trafford. Home to a diverse range of wildlife, this is a large green space made up of a of woodland, wetland and grassland habitats. We have been doing tree regeneration removal in this area in order to maintain this diversity and improve the habitat for wildlife such as moths and butterflies. We have also been doing path clearance to make the site more accessible for the local community. (Pictured)
Most recently, we had a City of Trees staff training day at Wellacre. Lead by our woodlands officer Andy, eight staff members worked to thin existing areas of woodland in order to let more light into the canopy floor and increase understorey diversity.
As well as our regular Citizen Forester events, we have had a number of successful green away days in Trafford. On the 21st August, the board of directors from Barratt Homes came out to help up carry out habitat management works.
Neil Goodwin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes, said, “It is incredibly important to us that, as well as delivering quality new homes across Greater Manchester and the wider North West region, we are also engaged with the local community and can make a positive difference in the area. It was wonderful to be able to help out City of Trees and get involved in maintaining some of the green space in our local community. It was also eye-opening to hear about the vital work City of Trees does for the woodland around the region.”
Elle says; “The time that volunteers donate to us is incredibly valuable and enables us to work together to improve our local green spaces for both wildlife and local people”.