20 November 2019
City of Trees is calling on Greater Manchester residents to help them plant half a million trees this winter as part of a national campaign – The Big Climate Fightback.
During National Tree Week (November 23 until December 1) City of Trees will be busy planting trees across the region with the aim of reaching half a million trees planted, by the end of tree planting season in March.
City of Trees is the Greater Manchester part of The Northern Forest. Every tree planted in the region contributes to the ambitious total to plant 50 million trees stretching from Liverpool to Hull – linking cities across the north of England.
On Saturday November 30 in Boz Park, Bury, there will be a mass tree planting event open to everyone. All planting equipment, gloves and trees will be provided as well as light refreshments. People are asked to bring their own spade if they have one.
City of Trees will be joined by Emma Greenwood a member of the organisation Youth Strike for Climate. Emma is 15 years old and a pupil at Woodhey High School in Ramsbottom.
She said: “I love supporting the City of Trees initiative because trees are one of the main ways we can solve lots of the environmental problems we are faced with. I find it shocking that we are chopping down trees at the rate we are when they give us the very thing we need to exist; clean air. They are the key to solving problems such as air pollution, which is a very real problem in Greater Manchester. I hope this initiative will push people to realise the importance of trees for our planet and the true power they have to save our world.”
The charity is also calling on people to support their work connecting more people to nature. Make a donation of £10 to City of Trees so that they can plant a tree on your behalf.
The Big Climate Fightback is about tackling the climate crisis, which represents the most significant danger to the long-term health of global ecosystems. It's a national campaign led by the Woodland Trust.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report in May this year outlines the increase in woodland expansion needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Jessica Thompson, Director of City of Trees, said: “ We know that people care about the climate and we are calling on the Greater Manchester public to join us at our mass planting day. You can support our work by donating. Every £10 helps plant a tree. City of Trees has an ambition to plant a tree for every person living here and this campaign feeds into our much bigger plan to plant around 3million trees in the next 30 years.”