Fantastic forest gardens created in east Manchester

28 March 2017

City of Trees worked with Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) to create forest gardens in Levenshulme and Gorton.

Forest gardens are designed to be pockets of useful green space consisting of trees, plants and shrubs that provide food, timber, natural by-products or that support biodiversity.

Alongside MEEN, City of Trees created forest gardens in two schools; All Saints Primary in Gorton and St Mary’s RC in Levenshulme.

The gardens were planted with fruit trees and fruiting bushes and plants such as herbs and perennial flowers such as lavenders.

Kevin Wigley, City of Trees, commented, “Forest gardens provide a great way to engage children with nature, especially where space is limited in urban areas.”

He added; “Fruit trees can provide harvests for years to come, and the array of interesting trees and plants allows the pupils to take part in outdoor classroom activities which are easily linked to the curriculum”.

MEEN were granted funding for the project from the Postcode Local Trust and worked with the pupils prior to the planting to learn about forest gardening. MEEN will also deliver sessions developing the gardens through the summer term.

Raichael Lock from MEEN commented, “Our forest garden programme involves fantastic partnerships with City of Trees and schools coming together to create new green spaces for young people to enjoy and use. We had two wonderful days planting and intend to help the schools maintain the resource as a legacy.”

Since its launch in November 2015 City of Trees has engaged with over 2,500 schoolchildren face-to-face through a range of activities including tree planting.