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Local Environment Benefits

Breathing new life into East Manchester

The City Football Academy will achieve the highest possible environmental standards – the gold standard under L.E.E.D guidelines- with low carbon, low water and low waste measures being employed to minimise impact on the environment and to encourage local bio-diversity.

The Club’s remediation of the 80 acre site has already had a positive environmental impact, turning a vast tract of land polluted by years of heavy industrial use into clean terrain.  Soil, which was once purple with dye, has been cleaned and fertilised and is now ready to sustain growth.  No material has left the site.  Instead, it has all been cleaned, recycled or reworked to be used on site once again.

In total, 1437 trees will be planted: 688 perimeter pines, 390 perimeter mixed deciduous trees, a large proportion of which are species native to the United Kingdom, and 5 Feature Blue Cedars. There will also be 354 more trees planted across the site, both deciduous and evergreen.

One of the most important aspects of the green perimeter is the creation of a 2km wildlife corridor that will provide habitat, shelter and foraging opportunities for numerous insects, birds and other wildlife. In particular the native rowan tree provides a food source for a variety of birds including chaffinches and blackbirds. The common oak, also a native species, provides habitat and food for wood mice, bank voles and many other animals and insects. There will also be 24 bat boxes and 10 bird boxes along the canal boundary that will further help to establish the area as an important wildlife corridor. The wildflower meadows near the cross training areas will provide a complete ecosystem, attracting pollinating bees, butterflies, moths and other insects.

Manchester City’s Navas goes green for 'National Apprenticeship Week'


Manchester City’s midfield star Jesus Navas took time out of his busy playing schedule to plant trees with a local apprentice in the lead up to National Apprentice Week (3-7 March).

Helping the players was City Football Academy apprentice, Michael Owen, 21, from Droylsden, Manchester. Michael has been working onsite with BAM Construction as a general construction apprentice, providing invaluable support for the landmark development which is due to open later this year.

“Our apprentices and trainees are instrumental for the Club as they are having such a positive impact on all aspects of the business, but they are also developing their own skills. It’s been exciting to get involved today and see some of the great work that’s been done around the site,” declared Navas.


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