Swinton Group Roots for Trafford Schools with launch of City of Trees programme

28 November 2016

Swinton Group colleagues from across Greater Manchester flexed their green fingers to launch a tree-planting programme at two Trafford primary schools.

The UK’s largest high street insurance broker, headquartered in the city centre, has partnered with Manchester-based environmental initiative, City of Trees, and Trafford Council to plant 300 trees at Kingsway and Barton Clough primary schools in Davyhulme.

The planting programme was launched at Kingsway primary school by Hilary Burns, people director at Swinton Group, helped by colleagues from the Manchester city centre head office and branches in Kingsway, Bolton, Stockport and Sale.

Around 20 members of Swinton staff will spend six days at the schools over the next six months planting a mixture of fruit trees, birch trees and mixed saplings.

The new plants will help to improve air quality, reduce pollution and create a natural border around the schools, which are located besides the busy M60.

Swinton was founded in Greater Manchester almost 60 years ago and has joined with City of Trees, a charity which aims to improve the city region’s landscape by planting a tree for every man, woman and child who lives there, within a generation.

Gilles Normand, CEO of Swinton, said: “We’re proud to support the City of Trees initiative to plant 3million trees in Manchester – and, as we come up to our 60th anniversary year, what better way to stay true to our roots than with a planting programme that will benefit the region for years to come?

“The launch day was a great success and I’m really proud of the Swinton team’s hard work and willingness to get involved. We’re looking forward to getting to know the school communities more over the next six months and hope the trees will make a real difference to the pupils.”

Iain Lewis, headteacher of Kingsway primary school, said: “We are very happy that Swinton Group, City of Trees and Cllr John Reilly are working in partnership to provide us with such wide varieties of trees. These trees will help to improve our school and the air that we breathe. We will be able to produce our own high-quality fruit and support our study of wildlife as well as educating the children in the value of working outdoors.”

Ryan Chrysler, headteacher of Barton Clough primary school, said: “We are really excited to have some wonderful new trees in our grounds. Learning outdoors is a key element of our curriculum here at Barton Clough and so the addition of so many trees presents a real opportunity to further enrich the learning experiences of our children. The school community is very excited.”

Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure, Cllr John Reilly, said: “The Council is determined to encourage initiatives that help boost Trafford’s green and attractive environments. Planting these trees within the schools benefits the local environment and, importantly provides fantastic opportunities for pupils to appreciate the benefits of nurturing nature.”

Staff from Trafford Council and City of Trees joined Swinton colleagues for the launch.