Once in a while an exciting tree-related news snippet catches our eye. The latest concerns City of Trees and their fantastic project to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
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The benefits of tree planting in urban communities are not only aesthetic; indeed, trees have been proven to reduce environmental stress, improve air quality, and increase the time shoppers spend in retail areas.
As well as planting many new trees, the scheme also aims to improve the woodlands surrounding the city. “We are very much focused on bringing existing woodland into management because there is no point in planting new woodland if you can’t manage what you’ve got already,” City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explained.
“We want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment; in planting trees; in managing areas; in understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society.”
He also expanded on the scheme’s intention to line streets with appropriate trees, as well as adding greenery to private gardens and parks.
“It is really about planting trees wherever it’s appropriate to put trees. What is really important is it’s about the right tree in the right place.”
The City of Trees team has partnered with researchers based at the University of Manchester to analyse how trees can help reduce surface water flooding in built-up areas.
In addition to the studies that link green spaces in urban zones to an improvement in community wellbeing, there is also research that highlights the positive effect trees can have in retail areas.
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Mr Hothersall said: “There has been some really good work done showing that people actually spend more in retail areas and linger longer in retail areas where there are trees.
“We’ve seen that as quite a good example in terms of a sort of cafe culture with one of my projects in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. The introduction of trees and general improvement of the environment there have actually led to a cafe culture developing from what was one of the, I suppose, harder environments in central Manchester.”
At Worktop Express we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business, and as such only handle timber that has been sustainably sourced and complies with the EUTR regulations. Our European and American wood work surfaces are manufactured from FSC or PEFC certified timbers, whilst all African timbers are carefully sourced from well-managed supplies.
Furthermore, each year we also fund the planting of trees in the UK and Africa in conjunction with the International Tree Foundation. So far they have planted over 100,000 trees thanks to support from Worktop Express, helping to improve communities and re-establish and protect tree populations. You can read more about this and much more on our Environmental Policies page.