We want a healthy planet that provides a good life for everyone on it now and for the future. The Earth will go on supporting us if we look after it. It’s clear what we must do to protect our world – and provide for a growing population.

Manchester Friends of the Earth is involved in a range of biodiversity campaigns, which mainly concentrate on increasing tree cover across Greater Manchester in partnership with City of Trees and other campaigning groups. At Manchester FOE we have previously supported our bee population by creating more bee-friendly habitats around Greater Manchester and promoting bee-friendly rapeseed oil. Our current activity focuses on encouraging local councils, landowners and the general public to increase tree cover as part of Friends of the Earth’s Trees campaign. Because it is always important to help our pollinating insects, our previous Bee Cause campaign is still a source of useful information on how to do this. You can also discover how and where to buy bee-friendly rapeseed oil and how to set up bee-friendly habitats.

If you would like to get involved with the Manchester FOE nature campaign please contact Damian at damian@manchesterfoe.org.uk or Cat at cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk.


Save Hough End Fields

Save Hough End fields

10th May 2021

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Manchester City Council has unveiled plans to build over large areas of Hough End playing fields - send in your objection today!

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Grow a Tree, Plant a Forest, Campaign for Trees

30th Oct 2020

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Trees help us in a number of ways, such as by absorbing air pollutants, improving open spaces and thus benefiting our physical and mental health, and reducing the risk of floods. However, the UK’s tree cover is only 11.8%, which …


Be a Friend to all Bees and Pollinators on International Bee Day (20th May)... and all year round!

19th May 2021

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“To survive and thrive, bees need us to be the generation that saves our British bees. Letting bees be your guide and ally will help transform your patch, control real pests naturally and get your plants and crops pollinated for …

You Can Plant Trees

17th May 2021

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Like many Friends of the Earth supporters, I try to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible. After making the usual lifestyle changes, I asked myself, what else can I do? Tree planting is an action I heard advocated …

#CreateATree - Creative Arts Competition WINNERS!

1st Jan 2021

We loved celebrating trees with your fantastic photographs that you sent us for our Photogratree Competition and to further this creative celebration of trees we have a new Creative Arts Competition - CreateATree

Ash dieback disease

1st Jul 2020

Friends of the Earth’s campaign to double UK tree cover is taking place against the background of the most serious disease to affect Britain’s trees since Dutch elm disease arrived in the 1970s. Ash dieback disease was first found in …



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%). We believe one of the best solutions to protect our environment is to double UK forest by 2045, but government targets currently fall well short.


The Bee Cause

As well as campaigning and raising awareness, at Manchester FOE we have been supporting bees by creating more bee-friendly habitats around Greater Manchester and promoting bee-friendly rapeseed oil. Our campaigns cover three main areas: encouraging local councils and the Government to take action as part of the Bee Cause campaign, helping people find out how to buy bee-friendly rapeseed oil, and giving people advice on how to set up bee-friendly habitats.