Wythenshawe Woodland ‘Gorse Covet’ to be given a much needed makeover

Gorse Covet, which is situated to the west of Peel Hall Road in Wythenshawe, will be given a much needed makeover by charity Red Rose Forest following the proposed project’s success in a public vote.

In September of 2015 leading house builder Stewart Milne Group launched its RUBY (Regenerating Urban Back Yards) campaign as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, in order to improve derelict community spaces across Scotland and north-west England. Members of the public, special interest groups, charities and community councils were invited to nominate an outdoor space in need of improvement.

A total of three projects were shortlisted by the judges. A regeneration of The Venue in Rudheath and the development of a community reading and nature area in Moulton, Cheshire, were the two causes that missed out in the public vote.

Red Rose Forest are proposing to work with the local community to clean up the woodland, plant native wildflowers, install bird and bat boxes and to introduce new plants in the hope of attracting new wildlife.

Peter Stringer, who is the special projects manager at Red Rose Forest, has revealed “Community spirit is strong in the area, and we plan to work with residents to help bring this wonderful woodland back to life. Gorse Covet is adjacent St Elizabeth’s Primary School so local children will have the unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife right on their doorstep and benefit from this fantastic local nature resource”.

Managing director of Stewart Milne Homes in the north-west of England, Paul Challinor, has stated “We are thrilled to support the upgrading of the woodland at Wythenshawe as we know that community spaces like this can have a big impact on the lives of those in the local area”.

Red Rose Forest is also part of a new movement in the form of Manchester City of Trees. Spearheaded by a number of committed partners it aims to plant three million trees in the next two decades – one for each child, woman and man across Greater Manchester.

TNT News Billy Rooney

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