Greater Manchester To Plant 3 Million Trees, One For Each Citizen

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Over the next 25 years, the Great Manchester area in England will plant a whopping 3 million trees — one for every man, woman and child in the region. The movement was started by City of Trees which, to date, has already planted 95,000 trees in the area.

According to the BBC, the organization believes the key to tackling climate change, creating healthier communities, reconnecting kids to the natural world, providing essential habitats for wildlife and reforesting the district is to plant trees. So, that’s exactly what City of Trees is doing!

The project’s website touts numerous economic and academic benefits of expanding the area’s greenery. One repercussion of planting the millions of trees is that the Greater Manchester’s timber and forest related industries will receive an economic boost — an important development, as both are worth roughly $550 million. As a result, 69,000 new jobs will be created. An additional benefit is educating children on the importance of caring for the environment as well as how to tend to new saplings.

Said City of Trees director, Tony Hothersall:

“In terms of health… woodlands can do great things in terms of air pollution reduction… [and] can help to screen for noise pollution. They can also help cities and towns become more resilient to climate change both in terms of things like reducing the urban heat island effect and also reducing things like risk from surface water flooding.”

Learn more about the initiative by visiting the organization’s website, where you can donate to the cause.

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