Two green fingered Trafford Labour councillors joined volunteers at Kingsway Park to help plant 300 trees and shrubs.

On Saturday, Cllrs Mike Cordingley and Jill Axford, who represent Lostock and Barton ward, joined a team of 30 people to support the fantastic work of the community forest charity, City of Trees.

The Greater Manchester based organisation plans to plant 915 whips and 38 standards in the park, some will form part of the existing arboretum, and some will be planted opposite existing wooded areas to create tree lined walkways.

The whips are a mixture of native broadleaved species, including oak, common alder, rowan, birch, willow and hornbeam. There are varying conditions across the park, and it is hoped that the trees will help with waterlogging.

Cllr Axford said it was a real pleasure to volunteer at the event.

She added: “It was so friendly and welcoming, with instruction on tree planting given and refreshments too!

“I am so very happy to see my vision of rewilding this park becoming a reality, so that it can become a biodiverse green space that is valued by residents and contributes to reducing Trafford’s carbon emissions.”

Cllr Cordingley said: “Kingsway Park is quietly transforming itself into vital urban parkland. We know how vital it is to the families crossing it daily. These trees will make such a difference and it was a joy to be involved.”

Abbie Saul, Woodland Creation Officer at City of Trees, added:

“As well as helping to mitigate the effects of the climate and biodiversity emergencies we’re facing, the planting at Kingsway Park will help to create a happier and healthier green space for residents to enjoy. For us, it’s all about connecting local people to trees and so it was brilliant to see such a great turn out of volunteers.”

More information

City of Trees plant trees, look after trees and promote a culture of trees – trees to create better, greener places; to boost health and wellbeing; to enhance green skills; and to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency. They’re rooted in Greater Manchester and are passionate about making the region even better, one tree at a time.

Cllr Jill Axford pictured tree planting at Kingsway Park.
Cllr Jill Axford pictured tree planting at Kingsway Park.
Cllr Mike Cordingley pictured tree planting at Kingsway Park
Cllr Mike Cordingley pictured tree planting at Kingsway Park