Workstream #4 - Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Sequestration
4.1 This season (October 2020 – May 2021) a total of 4286 trees, including 275m of new hedgerows and 5 orchards, have been planted across Manchester by MCC and partners.
4.2 Groundwork have been procured to develop a Friends of Group for West Gorton Park and to deliver other community engagement activities to raise awareness of the nature-based solutions within the park. Site visits are being held every Wednesday afternoon for council staff and members, partners and residents.
4.3 A final draft of the ‘Evolution of Treescape’ report has been shared with the Green and Blue Infrastructure Board for comment. Results from the tree management questionnaire are being collated, and outline tree opportunity maps being developed. The Beacon Tree community mapping tool has been finalised and will soon be available for trial.
4.4 As part of Tree Action MCR, officers have worked alongside friends groups, residents, housing providers and land managers to engage with 128 residents, who were directly involved with the planting of orchards in Delamere Park, Openshaw; Kenworthy Wood, Northenden; Mersey Bank Fields, Chorlton Park and Platt Fields Park in Rusholme. In total, 1007 mature standard trees were planted, including 5 Covid Beacon trees in all Manchester cemeteries, plus 1175 small hedge trees and 4 orchards.