Speed Reading — City of Trees - Level 5 — 200 wpm

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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."

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