Matthew Moss High School, Rochdale

Matthew Moss High School have planted their Earth Restoration Service trees into their eco-garden (Winter/Spring 2011).  The garden is situated at the back of the school. It has a vegetable plot, pond and wooded area where birds come and feed from the feeders located there.

The school is using their old vegetable beds for their first batch of trees, this is a temporary measure, as the school grounds are being altered at the moment. When the work is completed next year, they hope to find a permanent home for their School Tree Nursery Project.


The school has already found a future home for their trees; after they have looked after them for a season the trees will be transplanted into the Spodden Valley in Rochdale. This valley consists of the Healey Dell Nature Reserve, but the section between the reserve and the town needs trees planting beside the River Spodden. Their School Tree Nursery trees will grow to create a lovely green corridor in their local community.

The area around the river valley was once the home for one of the world’s largest asbestos factories. Much of this valley is now being reclaimed for their community, hopefully connecting the Spotland Bridge area of Rochdale with the Healey Dell Nature Reserve.

They are working jointly with the Countryside Rangers in Rochdale and the Save Spodden Valley group. The Save Spodden Valley group is run entirely by community volunteers. Work is also carried out in the valley by another volunteer group, called the Green Volunteers,.

The school is hoping to involve some of their ‘feeder’ primary schools in their tree planting project which they hope will raise further awareness of  our School Tree Nursery Programme.




Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale recently participated again in our school tree nursery programme in February 2013, and have given us an update:

“We have asked the local authority for a spare piece of land to start a community tree nursery. A piece of land was found very near to our school. The land which is attached to our local park, Springfield Park in Marland, Rochdale.

The land was being used as a dumping ground for waste from the park, there is a electricity sub-station in one corner, so it wasn’t accessible to the general public. This was ideal for what we wanted. With the help of the Friends of Springfield Park, we took over this forgotten corner and turned it into a tree nursery for our local community and schools.

We cleared the land of brambles, Himalayan balsam, old branches, and gardening debris. Our students levelled out the land and with the help of Carillion plc, who have doing improvements on our school, we created a small path and cleared the area completely.

Our technology department has two classes making raised planters, but we also received help from some Princes Trust workers and the local Ranger Service.We have used reclaimed or recycled materials wherever possible, the project is still only just getting going and we are improving the area as the weeks go by.

The trees provided to us by the Earth Restoration  Service are being held in the nursery until they are planted out on a piece of land near the River Roch in Rochdale. The land is unused by our community and had become unsightly by recent fly tipping. The land had also been previously used as an area for building contractors containers and had left the area unusable by the public.

The area is going to be cleaned up and the trees will form the basis of a new green area accessible by the local community. The site is adjacent to a proposed Green Corridor along the river valley. Two local primary schools have expressed an interest in using the area for their Forest Schools Work. The schools along with our school will manage and maintain the site after the planting. We have expert advice from the Rochdale Countryside Ranger Service. This is a great example of how young people can have a positive impact on their own communities.

The site is sandwiched between Rochdale’s water treatment plant and large area of local authority housing. This green space, once it is reclaimed, with the help of Earth Restoration Service will become a fantastic resource for local schools and the nearby community.”




Pupils and staff from Matthew Moss High School make their positive handprint even bigger...