Posted 20th April
Greater Manchester will become a hunting ground for hidden tree treasures, with volunteers being recruited to find local trees which have community heritage
City of Trees is looking to recruit a task force of volunteers to help to track down the tales of local people and the trees and woodland that are special to them. They will be running sessions teaching the volunteers the necessary skills to help them find these special trees.
The project is aiming to celebrate, record and protect our local tree heritage, with the trees, woodlands, hedgerows and orchards forming a rich part of the fabric of our towns and cities.
Beth Kelsall, from City of Trees, commented: "Heritage trees can be forgotten forests to proudly planted saplings - any trees that have a story connecting them to people and the community."
She adds: "It’s these stories that are the driving force of the project. Now help is needed to find even more heritage trees across Greater Manchester."
Once a heritage tree has been identified, it will be plotted onto an online map, which not only shows where the tree or woodland is, but also the story behind it, along with the photos and historic images.
Since the project began, stories have been collected across the region from Wigan to Whalley Range and Stockport to Salford. The stories are each as unique as the people, which include a cherry tree that brightens the walk to work and a woodland which was planted by one man as physical therapy after suffering a stroke.
Other tall tree tales include a 500 year old oak tree that sheltered a family during the war and a much loved birch tree that moved house, twice.
Find out more here.