Local Environment Benefits
Breathing new life into East Manchester
The City Football Academy will reach 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 miminise impact on the environment and encourage local bio- diversity.
The remediation alone, of the 80 acre site by the Club has 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 now been cleaned, fertilised and is ready to sustain growth. No material has left the site. Instead, material has been cleaned, recycled or reworked for repeat or new use within the site.
In total 1437 trees will be planted. 688 perimeter pines; 390 perimeter mixed deciduous trees, a high 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.
The perimeter planting will create a 2KM wildlife corridor providing a safe habitat with shelter and foraging opportunities for numerous insects, birds and other wildlife.
One of the most important aspects of the perimeter planting is that it creates 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, 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 to 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.