Sport & Exercise

Get active with our annual Big Dig

Active Lives are very excited to launch our annual tree planting event in partnership with the Woodland Trust and we need your help!

With a joint effort from the teams at Sport & Exercise and Estates, and in conjunction with the wonderful team at the Woodland Trust, we are pleased to announce that we will be planting 420 trees at the University’s Easter Bush campus. Not only is this a suitably delightful way to support our environment, but it’s a great way to be active too.

With your help, we’ve planted more than 50 million trees since we began in 1972 and worked with thousands of landowners, schools and local authorities.

Woodland trust

How do I get involved?

Pick your preferred day and time then click the booking link next to it. Spaces are limited, so please only reserve one space per person.

What are we planting?

Our tree pack is made up of different species:

  • 120 x Wild harvest: Grow an array of fruits and nuts to produce your own jams, jellies, wines and more.
  • 100 x year-round colour: Enjoy beautiful blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays.
  • 100 x Working wood: Fuel a log burner in 7-10 years, or channel your creativity and learn to carve or weave willow.
  • 120 x Wildwood: These hardy native species can tolerate exposed sites and help dry up wet areas.

Why take part?

The reason we’re so excited about this project is because it ticks every one of our 5 ways of Wellbeing pillars. This is about getting active, but so much more. What are the pillars you ask?

  1. Connecting: With others and nature.
  2. Being active: Digging and walking.
  3. Taking notice:  Of the wonderful environment we live in.
  4. Keep learning: About different tree types and their purpose.
  5. Give: Giving back to nature and the University community.

For further reading on the benefits of enjoying nature please read this article from British Heart Foundation: 

Read '7 ways to reduce your stress by enjoying nature' 

Anything else I need to know?

Full details will be shared with you once you’ve reserved your space, but things you may need to know just now:

  • All Covid guidelines will be adhered to, which includes a briefing before the session.
  • Bring water, wear old clothes and sensible walking shoes.
  • Tree planting equipment will be provided.
  • A photographer will there on Wednesday 12 May to take photos during both sessions. If you do not want to be featured in the photos please speak to a member of the team on the day. 
  • EasterBush Campus is located 7 miles from the city centre, so please make sure you can travel there (safely) before reserving a place.
  • The Active Lives team will be with you all the way, with specialist input from the experts at the University Estates Landscaping team.
  • We will meet outside the Charnock Bradley Building at the Easter Bush Campus.

How to book?

Date Time Booking link
Tuesday 11 May 12pm to 1pm Session full
  1:30pm to 2:30pm Session full
Wednesday 12 May 12pm to 1pm Session full
  1:30pm to 2:30pm Session full
Thursday 13 May  12pm to 1pm Session full
  1:30pm to 2:30pm Session full