City of Trees has set up in the Greater Manchester area to plant a tree for everyone in the region as well as restoring underused and unloved woodland.
Initiated by The Oglesby Charitable Trust and Community Forest Trust, City of Trees is hosting activities and talks over the course of the RHS Tatton Show from guerrilla gardening to natural dyeing using pre-prepared dyes made from the environment such as blackberries, nettles and bark.
Amongst the Trees includes 40 Field Maple trees as well as one large, signature tree Golden Rain in the centre.
The trees will be planted in a grid formation with tree stumps for visitors to sit and relax in.
Michael Oglesby, co-founder of City of Trees and founder of the Bruntwood group of companies, sponsors of RHS Tatton Show, said: "Be sure to make time to sit and contemplate Amongst the Trees. To reconnect with nature is important and the benefits of trees are manifold. They capture carbon, provide us with great aesthetic value and enhance biodiversity. We are delighted that City of Trees is part of RHS Tatton this year."
Heritage Trees is a four-year project that celebrates and records people’s memories and associations with trees in their environment across Greater Manchester.
Its purpose is to protect our local tree heritage - the trees, woodlands, hedgerows and orchards, which are part of the fabric of our towns and cities.
Delivered by the team at City of Trees and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the project will create a unique online interactive database of people's stories, memories and photographs of their local tree heritage - as well as maps showing where to find trees of interest near you.
Beth Kelsall, Heritage Trees Technical Officer, said: "Every tree tells a story and we are collating some great memories from people as well as people’s appreciation of trees and hedgerows in their neighbourhood.
"We also want to identify which trees need our help so that we can protect them and help them to live longer. We know trees have physical impact but they also have an emotional one too as they resonate with people in so many ways.
City of Trees is working with The Woodland Trust on their tree charter initiative. Over the duration of RHS Tatton Show they will be giving away 2,000 trees to visitors – swapping them for a story.
Meanwhile, property company Bruntwood will create its own outdoor garden at the RHS Flower show next week.
The Bruntwood Field Office is designed by Altrincham-based urban landscape architects Planit-IE.