CYCLISTS will be greeted by a blossoming emblem when they ride through Tameside during the Tour de Manc.
For a cherry plum tree that was planted following a donation is now in full flower – and has been dubbed the Tree d'Manc.
It's already been enjoyed by visitors to Werneth Low Country Park and will be in full view of cyclists involved in Sunday's charity cycling challenge.
Its planting last year by Tameside Council came after park volunteers found a wallet containing cash during a litter pick following 2017's event. They managed to trace the owner who said it was emergency money he'd carried in case of needing supplies or transport home and kindly donated it back. It was used to purchase the tree, which was planted on the event's route and is now growing splendidly.
The participant was delighted and is taking part in this year's event so will be able to see the Tree d'Manc when he reaches the Tameside leg of the tour – which travels through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.
And it's not too late to join in with cyclists still able to register.
Sponsored and supported by Tameside Council, the 104 mile long route is the ultimate challenge, including over 9,000ft of climbing to complete.
Tour de Manc is a charitable sportive - run 100% by volunteers, using cycling as a force for good in Greater Manchester, raising significant funds for registered charities.
For 2019, Tour de Manc has chosen as its lead charities: Royal Manchester Children's Hospital; Booth Centre, a Greater Manchester charity providing a day centre for the homeless; and HaTS, an independent charity which supports the patients and the families of the Haematology and Transplant unit located in The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Riders also have the opportunity to ride for charities of their choice.
A Tameside Council spokesperson said: "The Tree d'Manc is blossoming into a wonderful sight that we hope will spur cyclists on when they reach Tameside during the challenging Tour de Manc ride, as well as being enjoyed by visitors to Werneth Low Country Park. We're delighted that the participant who donated the funds to plant the tree is once again taking part so that he will be able to see it too.
"Cycling is a great way to get fitter and healthier and enjoy our picturesque countryside and it's not too late for cyclists to join this year's event, which is bigger and better than ever."
For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.tourdemanc.co.uk/event/full-manc/