City of Trees helps Scouts create new campsite

30 March 2017

Over 1,000 trees have been planted on the new Hollinwood Scout Camp site in Salford with support from the local community.

Scouts, alongside members of the public, dug deep to help 1,200 new trees take root on the site of their new campsite and outdoor education area in the Boothstown area of Salford.

The 10 hectare area is already home to mixed woodland with an open field to the West where the new trees were planted, including hawthorn, field maple, English oak, aspen, birch and hazel.

The trees will expand on the existing woodland, create a haven for wildlife and establish a new urban forest for the future.

Community groups came along to help the new trees take root including Girlguiding, Boothstown Residents Association and the University of Manchester’s Tree Musketeers. Mike Dunn from Hollinwood Scout Camp said, ‘’We were so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to be involved in literally growing their campsite and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of City of Trees and The Woodland Trust. The trees will really improve the site and create a fantastic playground for fun and adventure’’.

The tree planting also support City of Trees vision of planting 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester within a generation.

Kev Wigley, City of Trees adds “It’s great to see so many new trees taking root and the community get behind the planting, supporting both the Scouts and establishing essential new woodland”.

The campsite is a work in progress for the Scout group and they hope to open in late 2017 with more facilities added in subsequent years.

Hollinwood Scout Camp is supported by Peel Land and Property and is located on land leased from Peel.