The Millennium Orchard

You might know that there is a well-established orchard with a plethora of local traditional varieties of fruit trees right on our doorsteps.

Planted in 1999, the Millennium Orchard situated at Manchester Met’s Cheshire Campus (behind Laurence building), originally formed part of a wider Cheshire Orchard Project, which commenced in 1994.

The project aimed to promote the importance of orchards and fruit growing, establish a network of community orchards, to keep the tradition alive and carry it through to the next century, and, if not most importantly, to conserve the historically important apple trees of Cheshire. Staff and students from Cheshire Campus rallied to raise funds to cover the basic costs of the trees, stakes and planting activities- from which, the Millennium Orchard was borne.

Recently, staff and students from the campus joined forces with the Environment Team to help develop and maintain the Millennium Orchard. Part of the objective for the day was to undertake a basic health check of the fruit trees – staff and students found that most of the trees were in perfect health, with the exception of one tree with a small patch of woolly aphids- these were swiftly removed by non-chemical means.

During the Orchard Workshop, our group also created mulched areas around the bases of the trees with the intention that the existing grassed areas dieback, thereby allowing the fruit trees’ feeder roots to grow to the soil surface- that will in the longer-term improve the overall health and condition of the trees.

As the season progresses, we hope to work to identify the different varieties of tree located in the Millennium Orchard areas, and, along with students and staff we will look forward to running a number of orchard focussed activities over the course of the year- from completing the mulching activities to delivering a celebratory harvesting event in Autumn 2016.

If you would like to find out more about the project or participate in Orchard activities, register to receive our monthly newsfeed which will have details of future activities as when they are planned in. You can register by going to our homepage www.mmu.ac.uk/environment.

The Millennium Orchard

Upcoming Events

This term there are a number of opportunities to engage with sustainability. These all through our sustainability engagement programme Big Impact.

There are opportunities specifically for students; however, the majority are open to all, from staff, students to local community members.

Below you will find opportunities from gardening to swishing.

CARBON LITERACY TRAINING FOR STUDENTS.

Various dates in June. Becoming carbon literate is great way to gain knowledge and enhance your employability skills.

POP SWAP – CLOTHING & BOOK EXCHANGE.

1 June. Exchange old for new and support local charities through our termly swish. Bring one item, and exchange it for another.

BAT WALK & SURVEY AT BIRLEY.

1 June. Join South Lancashire Bat Group for a guided walk around Birley and nearby Hulme to find out more about bats and help us identify some urban species in the local area.

BIOBLITZ SURVEY IN MANCHESTER.

2 June. Carry out a biodiversity survey on campus to survey plants, birds, inverts, moths, bats and more. Working alongside experts from The Environment Partnership, you’ll map the sites and their species.

BIOBLITZ SURVEY IN CREWE.

3 June. Carry out a biodiversity survey on campus to survey plants, birds, inverts, moths, bats and more. Working alongside experts from The Environment Partnership, you’ll map the sites and their species.

ORCHARD MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP.

8 June. We will be harvesting our lovely plums and cherries, pruning, weeding and installing maggot traps.

TRIP TO A LOCAL RECYCLING CENTRE.

9 June. Join us for a visit to a local Recycling Centre to see how the wonderful world of waste works! Transport is provided.

ANNUAL CYCLE EVENT 2016.

15 June. Oxford Road Corridor’s annual cycle event hosted by Manchester Met. Come along to find out more about cycling and take part in some fun activities, such as folding a Brompton bike in the fastest time!

GARDEN ACTION AFTERNOON.

16 June. Come along to help us revamp & plant up the garden areas in John Dalton, ready for summer.

ENGAGE WEEK GARDENING SESSION.

12 July. With the guidance of Hulme Community Garden Centre, we will be doing some general maintenance of the John Dalton garden, raised-planters and harvesting some of the edible produce.

Check out all our events over the year at www.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/events

Upcoming Events

Last chance for swapping this year…

Wednesday 1st June will be your last opportunity to offload your pre-loved wears and exchange them to something new at Pop Swap.

Bring along up to 15 items of clothing, books, accessories, shoes (anything really) and receive tokens to exchange for something else. Bring one, take one it’s as simple as that. You may just want to offload and be happy in the knowledge that your unloved items will find a new home either at our swap or with a local charity.

Join us from 4pm to exchange you items for tokens, swapping will begin at 4.30pm sharp. All leftover items will be donated to local youth charity Goodstock and the British Heart Foundation. Find more information on our Facebook event.

Student Sustainability Ambassadors.

We are looking for passionate students to help us deliver our termly clothing and book swap. If you are interested or know anyone who would be, please email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk with a short statement demonstrating your passion for sustainability. This is a paid opportunity through Jobs4Students.

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Last chance for swapping this year…

Bat Walk with South Lancashire Bat Group

Join the South Lancashire Bat Group for a guided walk around Birley and nearby Hulme to find out more about bats and hopefully hear some of the amazing creatures. We will also be surveying the area to identify any species of bats that might live in and around Birley.

Part of the Ideas into Action programme, a number of passionate staff from across the university are working collaboratively to install bat and bird boxes across our sites to enhance biodiversity.

Find out more about this and similar projects as part of Ideas into Action here.

Bat walk and survey will take place on Wednesday 1st June (weather permitting) from 9 – 10.30pm. Meeting at Brooks Building entrance Birley, Hulme (M15 6GX). Reserve your free place here.

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Bat Walk with South Lancashire Bat Group

Teaching and Learning Research Grants 2016-17

After two successful years, the call for proposals under the Manchester Met’s Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) research grants are now open for 2016-17.

The SOTL research grants support and encourage scholarly work that aims to improve the quality of students’ learning. Projects may, for example, examine and evaluate new teaching techniques. Anyone with an establishment teaching role at Manchester Met is eligible to apply, as an individual or as a group.

Applications are also welcome from staff with other learning support roles, although in some cases it may be appropriate to include a colleague with a teaching role in the project team. Applications will be judged by a panel and evaluated against the quality of the proposal contained within the sections of application form. Applications need to be concise and specific, and must include information sufficient for the proposal and its outcomes to be assessed against the stated criteria, in order to demonstrate that the project is desirable, viable, realistic and achievable.

Please download the application form from the CELT SOTL webpage and follow the application instructions. Deadline for applications Friday 24th June.

Please contact Charles Neame at c.neame@mmu.ac.uk or on 0161 247 4671 if you have any questions about the scheme or the application process.

Teaching and Learning Research Grants 2016-17