City of Trees in action

As well as being a movement and bringing together committed partners who share in our vision of planting a tree for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester - we also deliver a number of practical initiatives across the region.

For an overview of what we do visit the about section; latest project updates can be found in news, and you can read about our flagship projects below.

Cars passing on Medlock Street

As well as driving the movement, we deliver a number of projects focussed around; planting more trees; managing woodlands and creating resilient landscapes and connecting people.

Current flagship projects include:

Heritage Trees
This four-year project aims to celebrate, record and protect our local tree heritage - the trees, woodlands, hedgerows and orchards which are part of the fabric of our towns and cities. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will create a unique online interactive database of people's stories, memories and photographs of their local tree heritage - as well as maps showing where to find trees of interest near you. For more information visit The Heritage Trees website.

City Forest Park
The City Forest Park project is an exciting initiative led by City of Trees and the Forestry Commission. Building on previous investment, plans are in place to transform the huge site on the edge of Manchester City Centre into a world class green space, creating an amazing forest park for the people. For more information visit the City Forest Park pages.

Trees for learning
City of Trees is working with state Primary Schools across Greater Manchester, planting trees in school grounds, or in a local green space, as well as delivering outdoor education sessions linking to the national curriculum. We’ll be working with hundreds of schools, aiming to engage thousands of pupils, planting 60,000 trees connecting children to the trees, woods and wildlife on their doorstep. This programme is part of DEFRA’s 1 million trees initiative, and the Woodland Trust’s ‘Trees for Schools’ programme. If you are interested in this for school or child get in touch – email

Sandyforth is a major former opencast coal mining site that is adjacent to the M6 motorway in Orrel, Wigan. The land has been reclaimed and local walkers make use of the network of footpaths across the farmland, grassland and wooded areas. Alongside Wigan Council, City of Trees is exploring tree planting opportunities and further site improvements.

Green Streets
Through the Green Streets programme, using innovative techniques, we plant street trees to transform gloomy grey streets into gorgeous green backdrops for new developments, town centres and residential areas. We've already worked on a number of exciting projects in Manchester City Centre, Stockport, Salford, Wigan, Bury and Bolton. 

Steeped in history and shadowed by the famous Winter Hill TV mast, the 1,700 acre Smithills Estate in Bolton is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust, with long term plans to restore it, and create a sustainable landscape that’s good for people, and wildlife. There are plans to improve public access, double the number of trees and add visitor signs about the site’s industrial heritage. We've been working with the trust on a number of projects on the site. For more information visit the Woodland Trust website.