Emirates Old Trafford has joined forces with Manchester’s City of Trees to plant six new trees around the stadium.
This forms part of Emirates Old Trafford’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable venue, and part of the wider work the ECB is doing to reduce cricket’s environmental footprint.
City of Trees are on a mission to plant three million trees, one for every person across Greater Manchester, in the next five years. They are working with local communities, organisations and businesses to deliver a ‘green recovery’ for the people of Manchester. Lancashire Cricket is proud to be playing a small part in their mission.
Planting trees encourages urban landscapes to be more resilient to extreme wet weather, improves air quality, lock up carbon and boosts overall wellbeing.
Lancashire Cricket is committed to improving Emirates Old Trafford’s energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint, and inspiring others to take action.
As a club, we have a newly formed sustainability committee that are working on new initiatives around the venue on a number of sustainability projects.
Michael Hewson, Acting Operations Director at Lancashire Cricket said: “We are extremely proud to work with City of Trees on this project. These trees are going to be a long-standing symbol of our commitment to our sustainability mission that the Club is currently undertaking.
“On behalf of all of the staff, players and guests of Emirates Old Trafford, we’d like to thank City of Trees for their donation of the trees and look forward to continue working with them in the future.”
Aimee Lawless from City of Trees also commented: “The trees will provide many benefits, not just visually, but will also contribute to addressing the climate emergency, help with local nature recovery by creating habitats for wildlife and do their bit for improving air quality by creating a barrier to the pollution from traffic on Talbot Rd. It will also be a great opportunity to engage with local children, helping them to understand why tree planting is so important, especially in such an urban area.
“We would like to call on other sports clubs across Greater Manchester to follow suit and work alongside City of Trees to plant trees on their grounds to help mitigate the effects of climate change we are experiencing in the region, whilst providing a home for wildlife and creating mulch healthier and happier places for people to participate in and watch sporting activities.”