Heroes Wood

Funded on Spacehive 13 December 2016

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Heroes Wood

City of Trees By City of Trees

Our project will create a WW1 centenary woodland to commemorate the involvement of Mancunians in the First World War with the involvement of local schools and residents.

Manchester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 13 Dec 2016!

We will plant 100 large English Oak and Hazel trees - this will create an immediate impact. A new wheelchair friendly footpath will be installed leading to the heart of the woodland where there will be a memorial seating feature and space to hold commemoration events. The site will be enclosed by a beautiful red poppy border. We'll get school children, ex-service men and women, Friends of Debdale Park, and local residents involved in planting the woodland and the poppies. Pupils from Wright Robinson School will research the involvement of Mancunians in the First World War. This will focus on all people that participated or were affected by the war, including soldiers and their families, doctors, nurses and factory workers. The information collected by the pupils will be used for creating a booklet, website resource, information boards, and art works to be incorporated into the woodland. We'll invite local people and school children to come along to a launch and planting events.

What we'll deliver:

  • 100 trees
  • Memorial seating feature
  • New wheelchair friendly footpath
  • Interpretive materials
  • Commemoration events

Why it's a great idea:

This project provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn about the involvement of Mancunians in WW1. Heroes Wood will encourage inter generational engagement, with pupils from Wright Robinson School working with older people to find out about their family involvement during WW1. At present there is no focal point for collective commemoration during armistice. Heroes Wood will provide this focus and bring people together from across Gorton and surrounding areas. This project will create a beautiful woodland which as well as being a place for reflection, contemplation and learning, will also provide an important habitat for wildlife. Ex-service men and women will work alongside school children in the development and delivery of this project. Young people will have a better understanding of what it must have been like to serve their country during an armed conflict which will make their learning experience of WW1 more real.

Steps to get it done:

  • Plant 100 trees
  • Create new path
  • Install art feature seating
  • Sow poppy meadow
  • Install interpretation boards
  • Launch event
  • Planting event
  • Project complete
  • Booklet and webpage produced

Heores Wood is a project that will not only commemorate the First World War, but will also provide a long lasting place of memory and reflection for all people that have served their country or been affected by conflicts since 1918.

Location Manchester

Manchester has 72 other projects and £355,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Debdale Park


Manchester City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £51,609

100 tree (contribution to) - £8,000 (16%)
100 Trees - £5,638 (11%)
Training and supervision of public planting events - £4,800 (9%)
Construct footpath - £4,000 (8%)
Supply and install memorial seating feature - £4,000 (8%)
Supply and install memorial seating feature - £4,000 (8%)
Signage and interpretation - £3,600 (7%)
Timber for tree guards - £3,332 (6%)
Footpath materials - £3,100 (6%)
Community participation events and activities - £1,700 (3%)
Other - £9,439 (18%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

100 tree (contribution to)
100 Trees
Training and supervision of public planting events
Construct footpath
Supply and install memorial seating feature
Supply and install memorial seating feature
Signage and interpretation
Timber for tree guards
Footpath materials
Community participation events and activities
  • 100 trees (contribution to)
  • Construct tree guards
  • Timber for tree guards
  • Publicity, promotion and learning materials
  • Sow wildflower meadow strip
  • Footpath materials
  • Footpath materials
  • Spacehive fees
  • Learning materials
  • Publicity, promotion and learning materials
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £51,609

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