Charity City of Trees has announced an extensive calendar of conservation activities to encourage people to get out in Greater Manchester’s great outdoors.
City of Trees is aiming to plant 3 million trees, one for every person across the region as well as bringing under-used, un-loved woodland back into use.
The volunteer sessions are open to all and are taking place across the boroughs of Oldham, Wigan, Trafford, Bolton and Manchester with more dates and locations to be announced soon.
As part of their ‘Citizen Forester’ programme they run events where volunteers can help to improve their local green spaces for both people and wildlife.
The benefits of volunteering are widespread, especially when taking part in outdoor activities. Research has shown that contact with nature has positive benefits for both mental and physical health and this has also been attributed to increased physical activity and reduced stress levels.
City of Trees are also holding an event to coincide with World Environment Day on 5th June, undertaking crucial habitat management work at Kickety Brook in Trafford.
Jess Thompson, Director, comments “These are unprecedented times in relation to taking action to combat climate change and making our cities and towns more resilient. Whether you give 1 hour or 1 day, you are a ‘Citizen Forester’ and making a real difference in your local area improving our environment for future generations”.
Upcoming City of Trees led volunteer sessions for June include:
· 3 June - Conservation work at Crompton Moor in Oldham
· 4 June – Tree-LC in Wigan
· 5 & 19 June – Habitat management at Kickety Brook in Trafford
· 6 June – Woodland Management in Wythenshawe
· 27 & 29 June – Nature-based activities at The Whitworth in Manchester
In addition to running volunteer sessions, City of Trees is joining forces with other nature organisations to celebrate the region’s wonderful wildlife by holding Manchester’s first ever Festival of Nature on 29 June in Heaton Park.
All events are advertised on the City of Trees website – www.cityoftrees.org.uk
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