Manchester has a plan to plant three million trees over the next 25 years. The project is called the "City of Trees". Its director said we would bring "existing woodland into management". He said: "There is no point in planting new woodland if you can't manage what you've got already. The project will, "engage people a lot more in their natural environment - in planting trees [and] understanding more about the benefits that trees…bring to our society."
The director said: "Manchester wants to be a world-class city region. We have a lot of fantastic development…but the natural environment needs to keep up with that." He said it would reconnect people with the natural world, provide health benefits and reduce stress. He said the trees would reduce air and noise pollution. He also said: "They can also help…climate change both in terms of…reducing the urban heat island effect and…flooding."