A project in Greater Manchester hopes to be a ‘city of trees’ – one for every man, woman and child.
City of Trees, a project in the Greater Manchester area, hopes to plant 3 million trees over the next 25 years – one for every member of their population.
The project hopes that the efforts not only increase the greenery in the area but also provide a better understanding about the benefits that trees offer to the general public.
According to the BBC, City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explains: “We want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment; in planting trees; in managing areas; in understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society.”
The team plans to plant trees all over the Greater Manchester area with a focus on street tree planting and in private gardens and parks.
“Greater Manchester wants to be a world-class city region. We have a lot of fantastic built development going on, but the natural environment needs to keep up with that,” Mr Hothersall adds.
The project is also working with researchers from the University of Manchester to see how trees can reduce surface water flooding in built up areas. They are also conducting studies showing links between green spaces and urban well-being.
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