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More trees please…. a fun Sunday planting 500 trees in Sunnybank Park.

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During National Tree Week 2019 Manchester Friends of the Earth joined forces with City of Trees and Tameside Council to plant 500 trees in Sunnybank Park during.

Over 40 people volunteered their time and energy on a lovely sunny (mostly!) day and helped plant 500 trees. The trees were sourced from Habitat Aid and donated by national Friends of the Earth with support from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

First up was a ‘hands-on’ demonstration on the best ways to plant the trees from Beth and Will from City of Trees and then it was all ‘hands to the pump’ or rather spade!

Beth from City of Trees demonstrating how to plant a tree!

Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing planet-wrecking emissions from the air around us. Despite their importance, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%).

Friends of the Earth has launched a #MoreTreesPlease campaign to double tree cover in the UK. We believe one of the best solutions to protect our environment and achieve net zero emissions (removing as many emissions as we produce) is to double UK forest by 2045, but government targets currently fall well short.

Many hands make for quick work….

Friends of the Earth has published analysis showing the governments of England, Wales and Scotland spend less than £1 per person per year on trees. This drops to just 20p per head when focussing on England. Scotland has increased its forestry budgets for 2019-20.

Sign the Petition calling on the Government to double tree cover in the UK.

For more information on the City of Trees goal of planting 3 million trees in Greater Manchester and how to become a Citizen Forester see the City of Trees website.

You can see more photographs from the tree planting session on the Manchester Friends of the Earth Flickr website. Local journalist Holly Droy posted this video on Twitter.

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