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May 2016

University commits to new tree policy on campus

(15 May 2016)

As the campus undergoes major redevelopment, the University has set out its commitment to compensate for increasing tree cover, complementing the redevelopment of the campus, and helping to create a world-class environment for all campus users.

Through its tree policy, the University is working towards delivering across a number of areas:

  • implementation of a tree plan for the campus, which includes new tree planting opportunities in residential areas adjacent to Oxford Road campus;
  • two-for-one tree replacement, with replacement on and off campus;
  • planting a new woodland at the University’s Wythenshawe sports grounds;
  • establishment of a tree trail on the University’s Oxford Road and North Campus;
  • encouraging student volunteers to help plant new woodlands and carry out woodland management works alongside Red Rose Forest; 
  • working with City of Trees and other partners to develop research projects to quantify the importance of trees for climate change adaptation and a range of other social and environmental benefits.

Director of Estates and Facilities, Diana Hampson, said: “We are undertaking a huge building programme within the constraints of the existing campus boundary and inevitably some trees will be lost. However we are committed to ensure that we improve the level of tree cover to create a green and pleasant environment to benefit all campus users.”

In addition to tree planting, new build capital projects have an element of landscaping and planting. This includes the new engineering campus, as well as the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre on the North Campus, where a `pocket park’ will be created.

Brunswick Park will be the largest green space on campus, created by landscaping Brunswick Street after its closure to vehicles.