Manchester to Edinburgh cycle ride raises awareness of tree planting

4 October 2016

This September an intrepid group of cyclists made an epic journey northwards to raise awareness of urban beekeeping, tree planting and cycling.

The ride was a four day test of character from Manchester to Kendal, Kendal to Dumfries, Dumfries to Glasgow and then finally Glasgow to Edinburgh totalling 334 miles.

The ride team, which includes Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership staff, a gallery patron, staff from Manchester City Council and invited guests, have spent the summer donning lycra and pounding out the miles in an attempt to be ride-fit.

This year’s ride followed on from the success of a cycle to London in 2015 in collaboration with the Chelsea Fringe Festival. That journey culminated in an event at Bethnal Green where, quite literally hot off his bike, Visitor Services Manager John Mouncey gave a presentation about the urban sustainability work of Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership.

The event was supported by Grow Wild Seeds, Manchester City of Trees and River of Flowers to promote the importance of tree and wildflower planting across the UK.

An event to launch the ride took place on Tuesday 20 September which saw 200 trees planted in Whitworth Park in conjunction with Manchester City of Trees.

The trees, a mix of hazel, rowan, hawthorn, were planted in a biodiverse area to complement tree planting completed by Friends Of Whitworth Park several years ago.

Patrick Osborn, Landscape & Sustainability Technician, Whitworth Park comments "This tree planting will help form a new community wooded area and provide valuable forage and habitat for local birds, mammals and insects."

The ride culminated with a celebratory event in Edinburgh in collaboration with Grow Wild Scotland and Cycling UK. Along the route a bespoke mix of wildflower seeds curated specifically to provide flowers for bees were given away.

The team also shared honey from the rooftop hives and, from Brew Wild, a specially brewed honey and marjoram beer made with the same honey.