City of Trees launches new volunteering programme

2 June 2016

We launched our Citizen Forester programme with an event at Nutsford Vale in Gorton.

On Thursday 2 June, as part of Volunteers Week 1 – 12 June 2016; 15 volunteers came down to give local green space Nutsford Vale in Gorton a spring clean.

Volunteers The University of Manchester’s Leadership Programme and The Friends of Nutsford Vale were joined by employees from Bruntwood, the family-owned and run property company which provides office space and retail spaces.

The volunteers took part in activities including wildflower seed sowing, orchard clean-up, mulching and litter picking, giving the green space a new lease of life.

The event marked the launch of Citizen Forester, City of Trees’ new volunteering programme, which encourages the residents of Greater Manchester to be part of this ambitious new movement which plans to plant 3million trees across the region and bring back 2,000 hectares of unloved, under-used woodland back into use over the next two decades.

Lucy Holland from the City of Trees team comments; “Since the City of Trees movement launched in November 2015 we’ve already engaged over 700 volunteers, who’ve donated over 2,000 hours of their time”.

She adds; “Anyone can get involved - whether you’re a green guru, an eager novice or just fancy helping out occasionally – you’re part of the Citizen Forester movement, making a difference across Greater Manchester.”

City of Trees is encouraging people to join in the conversation on Twitter; Instagram and facebook by using the hashtag #iamacitizenforester and tell them about what green action they are taking in their neighbourhood.

Lucy Holland adds; “City of Trees have ambitious targets and in order to realise our vision; we need people from across the City region to come together and take action. This movement is bigger than any one of us. Together we will build a City of Trees.”

Find out more about how to become a Citizen Forester.