City of Trees programme: Supporting environmental change across Wigan and Bolton
Starting in December 2017, we were involved in ‘digging deep’ for environmental charity City of Trees – a charity aiming to regenerate the landscape of Greater Manchester by planting trees in unused and unloved areas. This work followed the planting of 30,000 trees with the City of Trees at Logistics North in 2015 as part of the creation of its 550-acre Country Park.
Throughout the month, Harworth planted hundreds of trees and volunteered many hours of staff time to the cause, working in conjunction with the charity by planting trees within their Smithhills project at Lady Mabels Wood – a former colliery in Bickershaw on the Wigan-Bolton border.
Not only did this partnership with City of Trees aim to convert the neglected site into a new country park, transforming the quality of life for both the residents and the environment, we also worked in conjunction with three primary schools in Bolton on this project. To give back to the communities in which we work, we feel it is important to educate schools about the small but powerful efforts they can make themselves in preserving woodlands, whilst involving them in the hands-on planting of the trees.