Free fun for all!

There are loads of free activities and events happening in and around Manchester this summer. We have listed some of our favourites and included links to their webpages so you can find out more and get involved.

The Manchester Museum is a great place for all ages to visit. They have a number of exhibitions this summer including Climate Control – a series of exhibitions and events about climate change and how we can shape the future. The exhibition includes tropical frogs, polar bears and opportunities to rebuild a model Manchester. Find out more here.

Source: http://fiveadventurers.com/Home/best-museums-in-manchester-for-children/
Manchester Museum. Source: http://fiveadventurers.com/Home/best-museums-in-manchester-for-children/

Between the 26-28th July, Manchester Met is hosting a Community learning Festival at Birley Campus. The 3-day event will consist of an array of activities, lectures, workshops and walks suitable for all ages. You can find out more and sign up here.

Birley Campus, Sensory Garden and Wetland Area.
Birley Campus, Sensory Garden and Wetland Area.

The Natural Trust is hosting a wide range of activities this summer, such as pond dipping, wildlife trails and 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters! They also hold open air film screenings, plays and live music.

Source: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/features/family-fun-at-dunham-massey
Source: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/features/family-fun-at-dunham-massey

The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. They have nature reserves nationwide and several in the Manchester area. They hold guided works, species identification workshops and outdoor sleepovers. Check out your nearest reserve.

A Peregrine bird. Source: https://rspb.org.uk/news/420655-no-nesting-from-popular-manchester-peregrines-this-year
A Peregrine bird. Source: https://rspb.org.uk/news/420655-no-nesting-from-popular-manchester-peregrines-this-year

TFGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) offer free cycle training and maintenance workshops for all adults. There are loads running over the next few months. Find out more here.

Cyclists.
Cyclists.

There are many events happening in parks in Manchester, from sports to den building. Manchester Council has a website that lists all of these and you can search your local area 

Or, if you simply want to get outdoors on a sunny day, have a picnic or go for a walk, here is a list of Greater Manchester’s prettiest parks and picnic spots.

Source: Manchester Evening News (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/best-parks-picnic-greater-manchester-9557795#comments-section)
Reddish Vale Country Park. Source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/best-parks-picnic-greater-manchester-9557795#comments-section
Free fun for all!

Gardening Session with Hulme Community Garden Centre

As part of this year’s Engage Week, a week long programme of diverse activities for staff at Manchester Met, the Environment Team are hosting a gardening activity on campus.

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

The planters previously belonged to the Urban Gardening Society, which has since disbanded, these have since been left wild which is great for biodiversity but they still require a bit of maintenance now and again. If you would be interested in helping us to maintain these in the future, please contact bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

The workshop is an opportunity to learn more about garden maintenance and benefit from being outside and active. No skills level needed and you are welcome to stay for as long as you wish.

Open to all staff at Manchester Met, please register via myHR search code GARDEN.

 

Gardening Session with Hulme Community Garden Centre

Cheshire Campus in Bloom

Hanging baskets full of begonia seedlings have appeared around the campus. Although they are rather small at the moment, the begonias are expected to grow fast and should flower soon, making the Cheshire campus more colourful.

The idea came from Frazer Wylie, Building Services Manager and has the support of Provost, Janet Haddock-Fraser. Cheshire’s Sustainability & Growth Society (SGS) planted the baskets.  The SGS and the MMU Cheshire gardeners will jointly care for the baskets once they are in place.

The SGS have been quite busy since the launch of the society in January: planting in the greenhouse, organising cooking workshops for students using fresh produce (including that from the greenhouse) and learning to care for the Cheshire orchard, among other things. When asked to pick out and plant flowers that would prettify the campus, the students were more than happy to collaborate on the project. Begonias are not the only flowers the Society have planted around the campus: close to campus reception, there are four big pots full of petunias and geraniums. During the summer, all visitors to Cheshire campus will be able to enjoy the purple, pink, red and white of their flowers.

For further information about the ‘Hanging Baskets Project’ and other projects, which we are involved with, please see SGS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mmucsgs/ or email our Chairwoman: dominika.wielgopolan@stu.mmu.ac.uk

The Society are also part of a joint project working with passionate staff to renovate and make use of one of the Greenhouses on campus. Part of the Environment Team’s Ideas into Action they aim to restore the Greenhouse to its former glory and for it to be used as a tool for education and engagement. Find out more about the project here.

Cheshire Campus in Bloom

Celebrating all things cycling

Manchester Met hosted the Annual Cycle Event on Wednesday 15th June for employees of the Corridor partners. The weather was kind this year and allowed for the guided routes to head in from across the City with a free breakfast on arrival for all attendees. There was a great variety of stall holders this year including local interest groups, bike shops, bike sales, British Cycling, TfGM and Swifty Scooters. Thank you to all the stall holders for their fantastic support as we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Annual Cycle Event. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Rollapaluza got everyone testing their pace on the static bike race with some incredible times and very flush looking faces, congratulations to the overall Winner, Matthew Coupe (UoM), who took 1st place with 23.27 seconds .
  • The Folding bike competition saw a close battle with Colin Mazurkiewicz (MMU) coming out as the eventual winner with an impressive time of 12.92 seconds.
  • The Registration prize draw winner Niki Tragen (MMU) was successfully drawn out of the hat of over 200 confirmed attendees who joined the many more who took part in the day’s activities.
  • Beyond the main event we were delighted to welcome Manchester Heritage Tours who captivated the two groups of cyclists who got to hear fascinating bits of history at different locations along the Corridor.
  • Back over at the event it was great to see Manchester Bike Hire launch the Triangulum Electric Cargo bike scheme with a wide range of models for colleagues to test out.
  • TfGM also kindly provided Learn to Ride training course making sure both new and experienced cyclist were welcomed as part of the wider Bike Week activities.

If you are still thinking about cycling and don’t have access to a bike we have a limited number of free bike hires remaining (in partnership with Manchester Bike Hire). Get in touch with the MMU Travel Team (stafftravel@mmu.ac.uk) if you work for one of the Corridor partners and we will get back to you.

A big thank you to all those who attended and all those who made the day possible.

Don’t forget, September 14th is the next Cycle to Work Day and if you are without a bike the MMU Cycle to Work Scheme is live until the 13th July.

 

Celebrating all things cycling

Electric Cargo Bikes available to staff

 

At the recent Annual Cycle Event the Triangulum project launched the Electric Cargo Bike hire scheme. As an active partner, Manchester Met employees have access to the Electric Cargo Bikes for business use via the Travel Team. The Electric Cargo bikes are a core component of the mobility package of the Triangulum project and are being introduced to reduce the reliance on light goods being transported by combustion engines on often very short journeys… Well now there is an alternative!

This is a great opportunity to consider a more sustainable way of transporting items in and around the Manchester campus. The electrical assist makes journeys much quicker and a wide range of goods can be transported with minimal effort and greater flexibility.

Manchester Bike Hire are the operators of the hire scheme and Manchester Met currently have two bikes available on site. These can be viewed over at the Old Student Union. There is a formal booking process for use of the bikes and you will need to contact stafftravel@mmu.ac.uk with requests. The bike comes compete with locks, lights and helmet.

Cargo bikes look different to an ordinary bicycle, but in a short while, you will find they handle in a very similar way. Nevertheless, in order for you to have a safe experience of riding an Electric Cargo Bike, it is a requirement that all users attend an Induction and Familiarisation Session. Following an Induction session you will be able to make a booking for ad-hoc use or for an extended period of time to assist with regular journey patterns.

Each rider needs to be physically fit and competent to ride a bicycle on the road. In the Rider Declaration, you will be asked to confirm this and that you are in good health and your eyesight is up to the standard required for a road driving test. The implementation of the Oxford Road Bus Priority works will also provide enhanced cycling infrastructure making movements by two wheels ever easier.

Electric Cargo Bikes

If you are interested or want to know more, get in touch with the Travel Team, 0161 247 2989, stafftravel@mmu.ac.uk.

 

Electric Cargo Bikes available to staff

From vinyl banners to bags

Vinyl banners are a great way to promote an event or share a message and are commonly used at MMU. Unfortunately, once they are no longer needed they cannot be easily recycled.

An idea was submitted as part of our Ideas into Action programme to upcycle waste vinyl into practical products, which fits with our commitment to reduce and reuse up to 85% of our waste by 2020. Since then we have been working with colleagues to bring this idea to life, including colleagues in Apparel who have designed and produced a number of prototypes for us.

Since then our friends Stitched Up a local sustainable fashion collective have agreed to make a number of these products for us including bags and wallets all from our waste vinyl to demonstrate what is possible. They did something similar for local cooperative Unicorn Grocery where they produced bags upcycled from a building wrap used for recent renovations, see it here.

We are aiming to supply Stitched Up with as much waste vinyl banners as we can find, so if you have any you no longer use and would like to donate to this project please get in touch at bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

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Did you know? Most companies will take back pop-up vinyl banners and replace the vinyl inside making use again of the casing. This can save you money and waste.

Find out more about the ideas we have been developing as part of the programme including interactive bins, bat boxes and greenhouses here.

From vinyl banners to bags