The Reading / Listening - City of Trees - Level 5

Manchester in England has an ambitious plan to plant three million trees. The project is called the "City of Trees". The director said it has three aims: "One is to plant three million trees - a tree for every man, woman and child - over the next 25 years. Next, we are…bringing existing woodland into management because there is no point in planting new woodland if you can't manage what you've got already. Finally, we want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment - in planting trees [and] understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society."



The director explained more about the environmental project. He 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 will reconnect people with trees and the natural world, provide health benefits and reduce stress. He said trees would reduce air and noise pollution. He also said: "They can also help cities and towns become more resilient to climate change both in terms of things like reducing the urban heat island effect and also reducing…flooding."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    City of Trees - Level 4 or  City of Trees - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38692022
  • http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/scheme-aiming-plant-tree-every-10497047
  • http://www.cityoftrees.org.uk/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. an ambitious
  2. The project is
  3. The director said it has three
  4. a tree for every
  5. over the
  6. there is no
  7. natural
  8. benefits that trees and
  1. next 25 years
  2. aims
  3. point
  4. called the "City of Trees"
  5. environment
  6. plan
  7. woodlands bring
  8. man, woman and child

Paragraph 2

  1. wants to be a world-
  2. environment needs to keep
  3. reconnect people
  4. provide health benefits
  5. reduce air and
  6. become more resilient
  7. the urban heat
  8. reducing
  1. to climate change
  2. class city
  3. flooding
  4. with trees
  5. island effect
  6. up with that
  7. noise pollution
  8. and reduce stress

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Manchester in England (1) ___________________ plan to plant three million trees. The project is called the "City of Trees". The director said it (2) ___________________: "One is to plant three million trees - a tree for every man, woman and child - (3) ___________________ 25 years. Next, we are…bringing existing woodland into management because (4) ___________________ in planting new woodland if you can't manage what you've got already. Finally, we want (5) ___________________ lot more in their natural environment - in planting trees [and] understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands (6) ___________________."

The director explained (7) ___________________ environmental project. He said: "Manchester wants to be a world-class city region. We have a lot of fantastic development…but the natural environment (8) ___________________ with that." He said it will reconnect people with trees and the natural (9) ___________________ benefits and reduce stress. He said trees would reduce (10) ___________________ pollution. He also said: "They can also help cities and towns become (11) ___________________ climate change both in terms of things like reducing the urban (12) ___________________ and also reducing…flooding."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ManchesterinEnglandhasanambitiousplantoplantthreemilliontrees.
Theprojectiscalledthe"CityofTrees".Thedirectorsaidithasthreeaims:
"Oneistoplantthreemilliontrees-atreeforeverymanwomanandchild-
overthenext25years.Next,weare…bringingexistingwoodlandintoma
nagementbecausethereisnopointinplantingnewwoodlandifyoucan't
managewhatyou'vegotalready.Finally,wewanttoengagepeoplealot
moreintheirnaturalenvironment-inplantingtrees[and]understandin
gmoreaboutthebenefitsthattreesandwoodlandsbringtooursociety."
Thedirectorexplainedmoreabouttheenvironmentalproject.Hesaid:"
Manchesterwantstobeaworld-classcityregion.Wehavealotoffantast
icdevelopment…butthenaturalenvironmentneedstokeepupwiththat
."Hesaiditwillreconnectpeoplewithtreesandthenaturalworld,provide
healthbenefitsandreducestress.Hesaidtreeswouldreduceairandnois
epollution.Healsosaid:"Theycanalsohelpcitiesandtownsbecomemor
eresilienttoclimatechangebothintermsofthingslikereducingtheurba
nheatislandeffectandalsoreducing…flooding."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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