MAYOR TO PLANT ‘APPLE TREES’ IN ASHTON’S NEW SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

MAYOR TO PLANT ‘APPLE TREES’ IN ASHTON’S NEW SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will celebrate the completion of 55 new affordable family homes with tenants and local school children in Tameside today.

New Charter Homes’ £5.9m Coleridge Close development in Ashton provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent and is part of the housing association’s drive to help solve the housing crisis.

Mayor Andy Burnham will join pupils from Canon Johnson C of E Primary School to mark the occasion by plant planting apple trees at the site.

The trees for the orchard have been provided by City of Trees as part of its ambition to plant 3 million trees across Greater Manchester; a tree for every man, woman and child in the region.

Beth Kelsall, City of Trees comments, “We were delighted to work on this project and establish a community orchard as part of the new development. We hope this will create a fruitful forest for the future and benefit generations to come”.

Coleridge Close has attracted praise from several politicians including Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and local MP Angela Rayner who visited the site earlier in the year.