Treemendous effort by runners who took on the Simply Health Manchester Run in aid of ‘City of Trees’

Three members of the City of Trees team totted up over 40km between them, with two of the runners dressed up as trees to show their support for the environment.


Will Fitzpatrick, 26; Eleanor Walker, 25 and Leigh-Anne Bullough, 25, all work for the charity who is aiming to plant 3 million trees across Greater Manchester – one for every person in the region.

Leigh-Anne and Eleanor decided to take on the run dressed as trees to help raise awareness about the importance of trees, woods and green spaces in our cities and towns.

Both run routes took in some of the key sights of Manchester including Old Trafford, the Bridgewater Hall and came through the city centre along Deansgate, finishing by the Hilton on Deansgate.

Leigh-Anne comments; “We ran to raise awareness about the excellent work City of Trees does across Greater Manchester creating and maintaining the beautiful green spaces we have on our doorstep.

She adds; “We are not separate or above the natural world, we are an integral part of it. The time to act to protect nature is now, and that’s why we were proud to run through Manchester dressed as trees to raise awareness of the actions we can all take to protect nature and support the City of Trees movement!”

Will took on the bigger challenge of the Half Marathon and commented; “City of Trees are amazing at engaging people with the environment around them, especially in cities like Manchester where there is so much green space for people to enjoy!”

Sian Day, Fundraising Manager adds – “As a charity we rely on donations to continue our work planting trees and managing woodland to create healthier, happier and more resilient communities across Greater Manchester.

“We’re really grateful to Leigh-Anne, Eleanor, Will and all our fabulous fundraisers who make this happen. Every £10 raised helps plant a tree and connects more people to nature”.

The tree-ffic trio have raised over £350 so far. You can visit their JustGiving page to donate or contact Sian if you want to organise your own fundraising.