Last month Creative Rusholme facilitated a tree planting day supported by the Department of Strategy, Enterprise & Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University and Friends of Platt Fields. On a bright and sunny March morning some 50 staff, students and local residents came together to extend the woodland and plant a row of trees in the park along the boundary with MMU Sports Village.
Part of the wider Rusholme 470 project launched last summer, some 16% of the target of 470 trees in were planted on the day!
A range of native, fruit and ornamental trees were planted, including Yew, Rowan, Whitebeam, Dogwood, Apple, Cherry, Buckthorn and Elder.
We collectively gathered to dedicate three yew trees – Hamid, a postgraduate student at MMU, dedicated one to the people of Afghanistan, Michael of St Edwards Parish Church dedicated one to the people of Ukraine and Helen, a member of staff at the department dedicated one to Bimal Arora, a recently deceased member of staff. addition, individuals involved were invited to dedicate a tree they were planting and to attach a label to it outlining their dedication. Some of the labels are shown below.
We intend to continue working together, initially keeping the trees we planted watered in times of drought and then planting more trees in the autumn. Keep in touch on Instagram @mmu.sustainability