Manchester City Council

Trees of the World

Spent part of the morning in Crumpsall in one of my local parks. I'd been invited by the 'Friends of Herristone Park' to come along and plant a tree as part of their 'Trees of the World' project.

The Friends group have successfully bid for a C&SH Grant from the City Council and this is being used to plant a very interesting (and in some cases unique) variety of trees in the Park - including a Californian Giant Redwood which I'm told will eventually grow to be 400 feet tall and could live for 4000 years.

There is an educational aspect to the project with each tree having its own plaque showing the type of tree, its Latin name and some basic information. We were joined this morning by children from three local primary schools - Crumpsall Lane, St. Anne's & St. Thomas's. The children also had a go a planting bulbs and making bird boxes. I pleaded old age and left them to it.

It was great to see all this activity taking place - it's a testament to the hard work of the Friends Group volunteers who give their free time to looking after the Park. Thanks also to Leisure Services staff for their support in helping to organise and run the day's proceedings.

Then back to the Town Hall for meetings followed by a forum on how Manchester compares to other digital cities like Amsterdam, Paris and other European cities.

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