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Birley Community Woodland

We are looking for volunteers from across the University, Hulme and Manchester community to help us with a new and exciting project at Manchester Met's Birley Campus.

Two areas are to be developed into useable woodland areas in the coming months. The areas will be positioned next to the community orchard at Birley and marks our continued partnership with Hulme Community Garden Centre, who have also nurtured our organic orchard fruit trees.

Open Resources

The new areas will add to the Birley Campus sustainability trail and offer the campus as an open educational resource through the demonstration of ecological gardening techniques and by creating additional educational spaces for Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester Met and local residents and community groups.

Hulme Crescent landmarks

In both areas there are low, partially covered walls that are the remnants of the old Hulme Crescents – an important part of local history with particular relevance for the many residents who lived there in the seventies and eighties.

The garden centre intend to incorporate these well-known remnants into the design of the woodland area.

Sanctuary for wildlife

The woodland areas will create a sanctuary for wildlife and enhance biodiversity across the University’s estate through the provision of additional habitats and food plants.

Reconnecting with nature

The areas will enhance the campus site with an attractive woodland area for people to relax and reconnect with nature in the urban environment, and could potentially provide health-giving wild foods and medicines for people to forage.


The regeneration of the site is taking place over a number of months, and first things first; the ground needs to be cleared of weeds, litter and debris, followed by a series of workshops to mark out path areas, plant saplings, apply much to areas, plan and create a seating area and much more!

Hulme Community Garden Centre have organised eight sessions since September 2015 on the George Parrs site, these have included two groups of young people, local residents and students. Work carried out has included clearing undergrowth around the large trees, pulling out nettles, removing rubble and general rubbish, thinning out Cornus and coppicing ash, digging out around old wall to expose, removal of some of the young trees that were planted too closely, allowing remaining trees to have space to grow and piling the previously cleared undergrowth to create a habitat pile.

During November, growing areas were marked out and groups started to plant edibles such as wild strawberries, wild garlic and Himalayan raspberry. Naturalizing bulbs have also been planted in a swathe across the site. 

Get involved and learn about wild food plants, basic planting skills, local wildlife gardening and landscaping - whilst reconnecting with nature and meeting new people. If you would you like to help create this woodland space we hold regular sessions.

Contact Kath or Tim from Hulme Community Garden Centre 0161 227 8198 or email