Today, green-fingered local residents and volunteers from Groundwork (Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford) and Manchester City Council put their wellies and gloves on, grabbed a spade and planted some trees. Their hard work will turn Greenbank into a beauty spot that could well rival Highfields Country Park as Levenshulme’s premier outdoor leisure attraction.
The keen gardeners’ motivation was not only to improve their beloved local park; today’s exercise was also in memory of Jason Brindle, a highly regarded colleague and friend, who died last year.
Groundwork’s Jo Fraser and Liz Edwards, former colleagues of Jason, explained that he was “very keen on material exchange - community groups sharing resources”. In keeping with this, some of the mature trees planted today were surplus from another project and some of the paving slabs used were from allotments in Gorton.
Over fifty people attended the tree planting, including several children and Levenshulme residents, which clearly demonstrates the value of this project not only to Jason’s former colleagues but also to local people. Dave Barlow, a local volunteer, said: “It’s a legacy for the community. We can come back every year and do a bit more.”