A new strategy based on unique research of Greater Manchester’s 11.3 million trees has revealed their ‘incredible value’ to the city region and their vital role in delivering on carbon neutrality.
Produced by charity City of Trees, the All Our Trees strategy shows that Greater Manchester’s trees provide around £33.3 million in benefits to the city region.
The findings are based on evidence gathered from the largest ‘i-Tree’ survey outside the United States. The strategy maps out where more trees should be planted to maximise additional benefits and contribute to Greater Manchester’s mission to be carbon neutral by 2038.
‘We all have a role to play’
Cllr Andrew Western, Greater Manchester’s green city region lead, said: “The value of our trees and woodlands is striking. They are doing amazing things for us - absorbing huge amounts of pollutants and helping to soak up the carbon emissions we need to radically cut in the next few years.
“The strategy will collectively guide us to get more from our trees – maximising the benefits for the city region and creating a truly greener, Greater Manchester.”
Jess Thompson, director of City of Trees, said all organisations had a role to play in helping to increase tree cover.
“We can no longer see trees and woods as ‘nice to have’ – they are a crucial part of a vibrant, climate resilient and thriving city region. We all have a role to play – not just landowners and local authorities but businesses, schools, developers and social housing providers. We all need to work together to protect the trees that we have, and plant more for future generations.”
City of Trees hopes to plant 3 million trees across Greater Manchester as part of the Northern Forest initiative - a plan to plant tens of millions of trees from Liverpool to Hull over the next 25 years.
Businesses can contribute by joining City of Trees’ 100 Trees Club, a corporate membership scheme which pays for the planting of 100 trees per year. Existing members include local manufacturers Duo UK and Crystal Doors.
Posted under General Interest and Carbon Reduction on 27 May 2020