Manchester Airport has given 80 trees to local community organisations as part of its year-long 80th birthday celebrations.

Oak is a traditional 80th anniversary gift so the airport has been planting the trees for schools, sports clubs, charities and community centres – alongside time capsules to be found by future generations.

Wendy Sinfield, the airport’s community relations manager, said: “We are very proud of our regional roots so it’s fitting that oak is the symbol for 80 years.

“It’s really special to celebrate the airport’s birthday year with our local communities and gift them something that can be enjoyed for years to come.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles, joined a planting at Monton Sports Club (pictured), and commented: “The airport has strong roots in the community and employs a large number of my constituents, and so I was pleased to be involved in this event.”

Two schools which are also celebrating their 80th anniversaries were given trees – Woodheys Primary School and Wellington School.