16 May 2019
Sir William Worsley, the Government appointed tree champion, visited City of Trees on 1 May 2019 to learn more about their work planting urban trees and growing the Northern Forest in Greater Manchester.
Sir William has been tasked with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years and supporting the Government’s manifesto commitments to plant 11 million trees, plus a further one million in our towns and cities.
He visited leading environmental charity City of Trees to talk about their work in the city region, planting trees and creating new woodlands with the local community.
City of Trees is the Greater Manchester part of the new Northern Forest, an ambitious vision to plant 50 million trees stretching from Liverpool to Hull.
Since their inception in 2015 the City of Trees movement has planted over half a million new trees across Greater Manchester, including a number of street trees in both residential areas and in the city centre.
Sir William comments; “Urban trees are very much part of my agenda. I see them as having up to ten times the value of rural trees as so may people engage with that tree. I really want to have a big push on planting trees in our towns and cities”.
Jess Thompson, newly appointed Director of City of Trees comments; “It was fantastic to meet Sir William and show him some of the amazing projects we have done and are continuing to do right here in Greater Manchester.”
She adds; “We are really passionate about involving people and creating a woodland culture where people can connect with the trees, woods and wildlife on their doorstep – and it’s great Sir William sees the amazing value of our urban greenspaces.”
As well as his role as tree champion, Sir William Worsley currently oversees the successful National Forest – which has transformed 200 square miles of industrial land in the heart of England and now attracts over eight million visitors a year – helping wildlife like otters, water voles and dragonflies to flourish.