Companies encouraged to ‘Go Green’ for National Tree Week

10 October 2017

City of Trees is asking businesses across Greater Manchester to ‘go green’ during the week (25th November – 3rd December) whilst raising much-needed funds.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the leading environmental movement with support from AFL Architects and Bruntwood.

Business and companies from across the city region are being asked to look at ways to reduce their carbon footprint in the office – from simple steps such as recycling and cutting down on paper to switching off the lights.

The charity is also encouraging staff to raise funds during the week by having a bake sale, wearing green for the day or doing a sponsored walk or cycle.

Sian Day, Fundraising Manager for City of Trees comments; “Go Green week is all about encouraging people to be more aware of their environmental footprint as well as fundraising for a greener Greater Manchester. We want to see more trees to help create healthier, happier and more resilient communities.”

She explains; “City of Trees spends around £1m each year connecting people to nature by planting trees and managing woodland and we rely on donations to make this happen.

“We know that people love trees but not everyone can help plant them, so by raising funds for City of Trees you’re not only going green in the office but helping Greater Manchester to go green – supporting our work planting more trees across the region.”

AFL Architects has pledged to support the initiative. AFL is one of the UK's leading architectural practices, with offices based in Manchester and worldwide.

Angelina Spathopoulou, Assistant Engineer in Sustainability & Wellbeing, AFL Architects comments: “At AFL we have a real commitment to delivering solutions within a context of environmental and social responsibility, which is why we are a proud partner of City of Trees.

“We’re excited to support Go Green this National Tree Week with a wealth of activity – from fundraising in our offices to delivering sessions to staff around increasing environmental awareness and design solutions for a greener Greater Manchester. We encourage other companies to get behind this initiative and help plant more trees across our city region”.

Bruntwood, a key partner in the City of Trees movement, are getting involved by turning their Neo building on Charlotte Street, Manchester green for the start of the week – as well as promoting the initiative to their customers.

In addition partner I Want Trees / I Want Plants are donating a decorated Christmas treefor 2018 to the office that raises the most!

Led by The Tree Council, National Tree Week takes place 25th November – 3rd December, and inspires thousands of people across Britain to join forces and plant over a million trees during the UK’s largest tree festival.

As well as the ‘Go Green’ campaign City of Trees will be holding planting events across the region, helping to grow more trees for Greater Manchester.

In addition to this they are encouraging families to ‘Go Wild’ and get out and about in Greater Manchester’s great outdoors with free downloadable resources.

For more information and to take part in the ‘Go Green’ campaign this National Tree Week contact Sian Day on 0161 872 1660 or email sian@cityoftrees.org.uk