About City of Trees

City of Trees is an innovative and exciting movement, set to re-invigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by restoring underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child that lives in the City Region, within a generation.

We believe that trees are essential to the future of our towns and cities, and a City of Trees is one that is healthier, more resilient and more prosperous. Find out more about the benefits of trees.

Initiated by The Oglesby Charitable Trust, and Community Forest Trust, the charitable organisation that supports the delivery of City of Trees, this ambitious movement is securing a much greener, more resilient and pleasant environment that everyone can enjoy. You can find out more about the history of the movement on our timeline.

Our goals

  • 3 million trees planted, one for every man, woman and child across Greater Manchester
  • 2,000 hectares of unmanaged woodland brought back into use for the community
  • Connect people to the trees and woods around them


What we do 

At it's heart City of Trees is a movement, bringing people, organisations and companies together to green Greater Manchester. We also deliver a number of projects on the ground throughout the region focussed around;

  • Planting more trees - we create community orchards across Greater Manchester alongside training for local people to help maintain them; plant trees creating new habitats for wildlife; through the Green Streets programme we transform gloomy grey streets into gorgeous green backdrops for new developments, town centres and residential areas; establish new community woodlands
  • Managing woodlands and creating resilient landscapes we bring unused or unloved woodlands back to life; empower local communities to take ownership and management of their local woodland as well as use trees and woods to provide solutions to complex environmental problems such as air quality and flooding
  • Connecting people we promote the importance of Greater Manchester’s trees and woods through events and campaigns; we work with schools to strengthen the relationship between children, woodlands and wildlife; we give people opportunities to learn new skills and volunteer in their community

We also undertake innovative research projects as well as develop policy to help ensure the long-term future of our trees and woodlands.

Find out more about our projects and City of Trees in action.