Husband and wife team up to raise money to plant trees

4 September 2019

Ryan and Rebecca Jones, from Swinton, completed a 40-mile cycle from Salford to Bolton to highlight the plight of the environment, raising over £400 for leading environmental charity City of Trees.

The pedalling duo and passionate environmentalists aged 36 and 37 wanted to do something to help in this state of climate emergency and took on a challenging 40-mile, 4 hour cycle ride from their home in Salford.

They finished their ride at The Smithills Estate in Bolton where City of Trees and The Woodland Trust have planted thousands of trees to help transform the landscape and provide a home for wildlife.

The 18-acre estate is also home to the first trees of the Northern Forest, an ambitious initiative to plant 50 million trees stretching from Liverpool to Hull in 25 years.

Rebecca comments; “The natural world is in a critical situation and we are heading towards irreversible damage being done to our environment- our own life support system. We are supporting City of Trees because they want to re-establish forests, tackle air pollution and help to combat climate change - a challenge which will take everything we can throw at it.”

Ryan adds; We have some beautiful green spots across the region but there is still so much room for improvement. The more people that get out and enjoy Greater Manchester’s great outdoors, the more likely they are to want to help it flourish”.

Sian Day, Fundraising Manager at City of Trees said; “As a charity we spend more than £1m a year working across Greater Manchester creating greener, healthier communities. We rely on donations to continue our work and we’re so grateful to Rebecca and Ryan for taking on this challenge to help make it happen.”

The funds raised will go towards City of Trees’ work planting trees, caring for woodlands and connecting people to nature. You can still donate at - or directly to City of Trees