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Who we work with

Strong roots

City of Trees is the community forest for Greater Manchester. Our work is rooted here – with projects across all ten boroughs and areas that sit on the fringes of our city region.

We understand that to deliver our goals for greener Greater Manchester we must engage with a variety of people and organisations. City of Trees is for everyone in our great city-region and so whoever you are, we’re here to help you make a difference.

Below we have outlined how we work with three of our main stakeholder groups. If you feel what you’re looking for doesn’t quite fit with the groups below, but you would like to work with us to plant or promote trees then please get in touch.


We pride ourselves on working with a wide range of landowners to plant trees – both public and private. From local authorities to housing associates, to developers to farmers, we aim to support anyone with suitable land for tree planting and woodland creation.

We have a dedicated Woodland Creation Accelerator team who will provide you with expert advice for your site making sure the right trees go in the right place.

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Crompton Moor

In our 2020/21 season, we worked closely with Oldham Council and Friends of Crompton Moor to plant 2,200 trees at Crompton Moor. This was a successful pilot project which aimed to show how effective natural methods can be for preventing flooding. City of Trees and partners have undertaken a programme of works on Crompton Moor which includes planting sphagnum moss, building five ‘leaky dams’ and planting over 4,000 trees on the slopes adjacent to the peat bogs.

The peatland has been degraded over the centuries by mining, drainage works to allow grazing, pollution from neighbouring industry and wildfires.

As a consequence, the moor was less able to store water, which is needed to help reduce the risk of flooding following heavy rainfall to settlements adjacent to the River Beal.

“Working with natural processes is an important part of managing and reducing flood risk in a sustainable way. This pilot project on Crompton Moor will not only slow the flow of flood water and create habitat for wildlife but will help demonstrate the potential of such schemes for climate mitigation”

Pete Stringer, GI Manager, City of Trees
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We’re proud to collaborate with the thriving business community in Greater Manchester and beyond. We believe business can be used as a force for good and know the brilliant impact that integrating an environmental offer into your organisation can have on our region.

We’re here to help you take action, no matter what shape or size. From long-term partnerships, and employee volunteering,  to helping you reach your organisation’s CSR goals – rest assured, your contribution will directly benefits the communities right here in our region, leaving a lasting impact for generations to come.

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At the end of 2023, the Cheadle-based organisation Together made a generous donation of £100,000 to support tree planting in Stockport and across Greater Manchester.

To kick off the partnership, 40 members of Together staff spent two days planting over 400 trees at Penny Lane Fields, Stockport, to create a woodland area for the local community. 4,000 will be planted in total at the site.

“The work being carried out by City of Trees is incredibly important to both the community and the environment. At Together, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, so being able to contribute towards a project that will not only mitigate flood risk for local communities, but also boosts biodiversity and help towards greening the town centre, is incredible for us. ’’

John Barker, Group Chief Operating Officer, Together
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We’re passionate about nurturing the environmental stewards of tomorrow. We love to work with schools to engage the next generation in tree planting. We supply free trees, tools, maintenance and expertise. All we need from you is your permission, space to plant and some enthusiastic kids ready to dig in.

Planting trees and hedges within the grounds of your school offers a wealth of benefits from promoting better health and wellbeing, habitat creation and combating the climate crisis. By involving pupils in the planting process we cultivate a legacy rooted at their school for years to come. Students can watch their trees grow as they move through their academic journey all whilst understanding the benefits our green spaces can provide.

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Little Lever High School

City of Trees planted 637 trees and 142 metres of hedge at Little Lever High School in Bolton, in partnership with Bolton Council. Before planting, the school had little to no natural areas for the children to spend time in- our trees will allow students to develop a better connection to nature, supporting physical and mental wellbeing.

The school grounds sit on top of an old chemical works therefore our trees will play a key role in improving soil quality over time, having a knock-on on effect for biodiversity.

Nothing was too much trouble the City of Trees team.  The project has transformed an area of our site we didn’t use with over 600 free trees. We used the scheme to provide learning opportunities for our students. From the beginning we kept students in the loop with why we needed to plant the trees linking to the climate emergency.”

Teacher, Little Lever High School


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If you are interested in working with City of Trees, please contact us today.
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