City of Trees calls for community to help trees take root

2 March 2017

As part of International Day of Forests celebrations, a planting event will take place in Oldham on Saturday 18 March, where the last of 4,000 trees take root.

The trees will form new community woodland at the former landfill site in the Glodwick area of Oldham, boosting biodiversity and providing a home for wildlife.

Since November 2016, two hectares of land has been transformed into new woodland. Thousands of trees have been planted with help from residents and local community groups including The Hill Top Growers and Snipe Clough Allotment Society, alongside local school children.

A final planting event will be held on Saturday 18 March, which will see the last of the 4,000 new trees take root. The event is part of International Day of Forests (21 March) celebrations. Organised by The United Nations General Assembly, the Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 

Over 250 people have already got involved in helping the new trees take root and in addition to the creation of the woodland, a new community orchard was established with over 50 fruit trees planted.

Kevin Wigley, City of Trees comments “We’ve been amazed at how well this project has been supported by local people who have come out rain, shine – and snow! – to make a difference to this important green space on their doorstep”. He adds “We’re doing a call out to the community to help us plant the final trees which will complete the creation of this amazing new community woodland.”

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “The council is delighted to support this tree-planting initiative as it is not only encouraging people to do their bit for the environment but will also create woodlands for residents to explore in the future.”

Members of the public of all ages are encouraged to come along and plant a tree in the final public event of the scheme. Two new community orchards have also been created at the Fitton Hill Surgery as part of the project.

The project has been supported by Oldham Council, TD Direct Investing, The Stoller Charitable Trust, and the Woodland Trust.

The final tree planting event will take place at Snipe Clough, Oldham on Saturday 18 March 10am – 2pm (drop-in basis). All equipment provided. For more information contact Kevin on 0161 872 1660; kevin@cityoftrees.org.uk. www.cityoftrees.org.uk