Big Tree count signifies start of spring

4 April 2017

Leading environmental movement City of Trees launches ‘Big Tree Count’ campaign to encourage organisations, individuals and groups to tot up their tree planting totals.

The launch of the campaign marks the end of tree planting season and the charity is calling on all those who have helped new trees take root across Greater Manchester to share their tree planting success.

City of Trees aims to plant 3 million trees over the next generation – one for every man, woman and child in the City region - and wants to create towns and cities that are greener, happier and healthier.

Part of their remit is to capture what tree planting is happening across the region and are calling on everyone in Greater Manchester to tot up their totals at the end of this tree planting season.

Hilary Wood, City of Trees, comments; “We know individuals and organisations across the region, from Salford to Stockport, are playing their part to green Greater Manchester. Whether it’s a person who has planted a tree in their garden or an organisation that has helped to establish a new community orchard – we want to hear about it!”

She adds; “We aim to capture the amazing tree planting activity happening across the region and show how Manchester is truly creating a ‘City of Trees’”.

As a way of thanking people for sharing their tree planting totals, City of Trees are running ‘A Tree for A Tree’ scheme which will see them supply a new sapling for every tree that has already been planted. They are also offering free wildflower bird and butterfly seed packs for individuals, and those who would prefer.

Hilary Wood comments; “We want to see millions more trees planted across Greater Manchester to transform the region for the benefit of both people and the environment”. Trees are essential to the future of our towns and cities – they tackle air pollution, combat climate change, and provide a home for wildlife.

“It’s not only about protecting and preserving the ones we have, but planting more of them to ensure future generation can reap the benefits they bring”.

The campaign launched at the start of April to coincide with the end of tree planting season and will run for a month.

The ‘A Tree for A Tree’ campaign is supported by The Woodland Trust and other partners.

Organisations, companies and individuals wishing to share their tree planting totals with City of Trees and be part of the movement can submit them via the online form.