25 February 2020
Julie, alongside her partner and friends, helped 50 new trees take root at Copperas Field in Tameside alongside Greater Manchester charity City of Trees.
Julie is known for her hard-hitting role in Broadchurch as well as playing character Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, for which she won best performance in a serial drama at the National Television Awards.
She joined City of Trees at an event at Copperas Field in Droylsden, Tameside on the date of her actual birthday, Tuesday 25 February.
City of Trees wants people across Greater Manchester to get their hands muddy by helping to plant trees and bring woodland back into use for the local community. This is all part of their vision to connect more people to nature.
Julie said: "I wanted to mark my 50th birthday by doing something meaningful to me, for my community and the world, so what better way to spend my birthday morning than planting 50 trees, one for every year I've spent on this beautiful planet, in Tameside, the little bit of Manchester I call home. "
City of Trees are coming to the end of a very busy tree planting season (November 2019 – March 2020) and as a movement is on target to reach half a million trees planted since 2016.
Jess Thompson, Director of City of Trees, said: “It was great to welcome Julie to the event to mark an important birthday. We are hugely grateful for her support helping us to spread the word about the importance of trees and why we need to plant more
She adds; “Trees are crucial in the fight against climate change as well as improving our green spaces for both wildlife and people.”
The charity provides tools, gloves and equipment for its volunteering events and asks people to support their work where possible - every £10 helps plant a tree.
Photo caption - Julie Hesmondhalgh celebrates her 50th birthday by planting fifty trees supporting City of Trees at their tree planting event at Copperas Field in Droylsden. Pictured with left, partner Ian Kershaw and right friend Daniel Getzoff.