More than 2,500 trees are to be planted across Greater Manchester thanks to a local environmental charity and government body The Urban Tree Challenge Fund.
City of Trees has secured funding to plant the trees in parks and green spaces across Greater Manchester by March. They include Ordsall Park in Salford, Stretford Meadows in Trafford, Queens Park in Bolton, St Mary’s Park in Bury, Wythenshawe Park in Manchester and Denehurst Park in Rochdale.
They will also be planted in grass verges by roadsides and in residential areas.
Trees don’t just make the urban environment look better. They play an increasingly important role in our cities and towns, combatting the effects of climate change and reducing noise and air pollution.
According to a survey conducted last year by City of Trees, Greater Manchester’s 11 million plus trees lock up 56,530 tonnes of carbon and produce 122,450 tonnes of oxygen each year.
The new trees will form part of the Northern Forest, an ambitious project to plant 50 million trees from Liverpool to Hull within 25 years.
City of Trees are on a mission to plant three three million trees across Greater Manchester within a generation – one for every person. To date, they have planted almost half a million.