Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Woodland Workshop

The Environment Team are working with Hulme Community Garden Centre over the summer to deliver Woodland Workshops at Birley Campus.

The Community Woodland at Birley is an area for everyone to relax and reconnect with nature, whilst creating a sanctuary for wildlife, an area for urban foraging as well as an educational resource.

Staff are invited to get involved with the woodland this summer as a team building activity.

Each workshop lasts for two hours (1.30pm to 3.30pm) and will include aspects of plant identification, urban foraging and planting.

These activities are suitable for everyone and provide excellent and varied opportunities for socialising and bonding whilst enjoying the outdoors, discovering nature and learning new skills on campus.

At the end of each session, your team will receive a certificate and a packet of seeds for each participant.

The dates over summer are:

  • 5 July
  • 6 August
  • 23 August
  • 6 September

If you are interested in reserving a date for your team, or you want to find out more, please email

Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Getting local school children interested in sustainability!

As part of Widening Participation’s Primary Festival 2017, The Environment Team and MetMUnch delivered three activities to over ninety local Primary School children last week at Birley Campus.

Healthy Herbs Workshop

MetMUnch volunteers ran three exciting nutritional workshops that introduced children to the herbs that are growing at Birley Campus, such as lavender, rosemary, chives and fennel.

The workshops enabled the children to explore different uses of herbs in a creative, fun and educational fashion, from eating to relaxation. They also contained key nutritional messages around fruit and vegetables consumption, with added information about usage and preservation of freshly harvested herbs from Birley Campus.

The children all went home with a fresh bag of Manchester Met herbs to experiment with their families.


Pond Dipping & Herb and Mini-beast Identification

The Environment Team employed and trained sixteen student ambassadors from across the university to deliver twelve pond dipping and herb and mini-beast identification sessions to the local schoolchildren. The student ambassadors were able to gain skills in outdoor and environmental education, as well as enhance their experience working with primary school children.

Birley Campus has a wetland area and an herb garden, which are both full of ladybirds, bees, snails, water boatmen, bloodworms and many other creatures. The children had a great time out of the classroom, learning about nature, life-cycles and mini-beasts.

You can see some photos from the week below:

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Getting local school children interested in sustainability!