CAMPAIGNERS have pledged to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester – one for every man, woman and child.
City of Trees, an organisation based in the heart of Salford, is helping to plant trees all over the city towards the target set as the area’s contribution to National Tree Week which runs until Sunday.
City of Tree’s key goals are also to bring 2,000 hectares of unmanaged woodland back into use for the community and to help connect people to the trees and woods around them.
Sarah Mcnally, marketing and communications manager for City of Trees, said: “Planting trees across the region in Greater Manchester, is providing a huge range of benefits.”
“Better access to parks and woodlands and get involved with connecting themselves to nature, getting outdoors and really enjoying Manchester’s trees and woods.”
As part of the monthly volunteering session City of Trees will plant around 500 trees in Wigan on November 30th.
“in terms of woodlands there are so many pockets of little urban woodlands throughout Greater Manchester that are not in use to the community and are becoming a bit of an eyesore. We work with the community to help bring them back into use. Often used as outdoor classrooms for local schools, to really make it into a community asset.” – Sarah McNally, City of Trees
The organisation is running two campaigns over the week.
“Go wild in the woods” offers free activity sheets, day plans and where-to-go guides for families and encourages those who take part to share their photos through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of their adventures through the woods for a chance to win prizes.
You can find more information about Go wild in the woods here
“Go Green” asks businesses across Manchester to go green for Tree Week, whilst raising much-needed funds. Go Green encourages companies to assess their carbon footprint and helps reduce waste from paper to energy.
You can find more information about Go Green here
It is #national tree week and to celebrate I finally caught the last leaves dropping from the golden trees on the Ashton Canal this morning (they usually stop when I get my camera ready!) 🌳🍂🍁 Do you have favourite trees near you? Show me a picture! 😁 #trees @CityofTreesMcr pic.twitter.com/v5tAPmukyz
— The Urban Wanderer (@hiurbanwanderer) November 30, 2017
All the projects have a huge range of benefits for Salford from improving the appearance of local, community landscapes, improves health and wellbeing, creates habitats for wildlife and battles carbon emission as well as bringing communities together.
The organisation works all year round to improve community gardens, learning outdoors at local primary schools and educating all generations on the affects of global warming.
The trees for learning programme where the organisation plays to plant 60,000 trees with over 350 schools across greater Manchester over the next few years.
If anyone would like to get involved with City of Trees and their work, wether you’re a school, college or family, you can check out their website at http://www.cityoftrees.org.uk for more information.