Former landfill site in Oldham to be converted into community woodland

18 May 2016

Snipe Clough in the Glodwick area of Oldham will be transformed from under-used and unloved area into urban oasis, with the planting of over 4,000 trees, thanks to a £10,000 TD Greenstreets grant.

The Snipe Clough project involves transforming two hectares of the site into native woodland, planting a mixture of over 4,000 native broadleaf deciduous trees which will create a green space for walkers, cyclists and members of the local community.

The introduction of woodland wildflowers will also improve biodiversity, aid pollinators such as bees and act as a haven for local wildlife, flora and fauna. 

The project secured a £10,000 grant from TD Green Streets - a grant programme launched last year by TD Direct Investing and City of Trees.

Communities across Greater Manchester were invited to develop ideas for urban forestry projects, aiming to bring a touch of nature to our towns and cities, with applications received from across the region.

Snipe Clough has been chosen as the winner, receiving the cash award to deliver the programme of activity, with the first round of planting to take place in November this year.

Nik Anderson, Senior Arboricultural and Countryside Officer at Oldham Council comments; “We are absolutely delighted to secure this funding, which will make a massive difference to the residents of Oldham. Creating new woodland is a great way to engage the community and our aim is to involve as many local residents and school children as possible.”

Community activists have long campaigned for its transformation and as part of the plans local residents will be asked to input into the development of the site. Local schools will also be involved in tree planting and using the space for outdoor learning.

There are also proposals for further community planting days, woodland management training and workshops to help people learn about the nature on their doorstep and empower them to take ownership and maintain the site.

As well as the range of community benefits the new woodland will also aid the area’s resilience to flooding. Hilary Wood, from the City of Trees team comments: “In Oldham town centre, the primary flood risk is from surface water, and the secondary source is from Snipe Clough. Tree planting would provide a number of benefits in relation to slowing down the flow of water, and have implications for Oldham town centre and beyond”.

She adds: “City of Trees is a new movement which aims to plant three million trees in the next two decades – one for each man, woman and children in Greater Manchester. We hope that this project will help to inspire the people of Greater Manchester to contribute to the vision of planting a tree for every man, woman and child across the city region”

Carl Howard, Commercial Director, TD Direct Investing (Europe), said: “We are thrilled for Snipe Clough – an important local scheme that will have excellent local community and environmental benefits.

The intention of TD Green Streets is to promote and invest in innovative projects that use urban forestry to help address community and environmental challenges – making places greener and healthier.

This exciting initiative works to help strengthen and sustain our local communities – by giving people the confidence to develop and implement their own projects – and underscores TD's global commitment to growing and protecting forests and green spaces.”