Local children and residents come together to create community woodland

5 March 2018

Over 1,000 trees have been planted at Warwick Road, Oldham with a Primary school and people from the local area.

Pupils from St Wilfreds C of E Primary School helped the new trees including oak, willow and hawthorn take root. Members of the local community, including residents, also got the chance to plant a tree with a total of 1,250 new saplings seeded.

The large green space is well-used by locals, surrounded by houses on both sides and it’s hoped the new trees will address some of the issues with waterlogging on the site.

The trees will also help both slow and reduce the volume of water into Lords Brook which is on the eastern side of the site and is a tributary of the River Medlock.

The new woodland will benefit both people and wildlife and wide gaps have been left between the planting plots, creating a network of pathways.

This is the second significant woodland creation project between City of Trees and Oldham Council, following on from 4,000 trees being planted at Snipe Clough in Hathershaw last year.

Kevin Wigley, City of Trees, “These new trees will make a real difference to this importance green space, set in the heart of a residential area. It’s great to have worked with Oldham Council on this project – and in the last two years we have created two community woodlands in the borough, totalling over 5,000 trees”.

Councillor Cath Ball, Deputy Portfolio Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “We all know how important trees are to our environment, and targeted tree planting such as this not only provides a new and wonderful place for residents and visitors to enjoy, but also provides a whole host of eco-system benefits.

“It’s great that school children and residents have had an active role in shaping the project and have been involved in the planting.

“This planting, combined with the 4,000 trees planted at Snipe Clough with City of Trees last year makes a valuable contribution to Oldham’s Urban Forest.”

The project has been supported by DEFRA and Oldham Council.