Trees for Cities tree-planting to help singles looking for love in Manchester

A tree-planting event in a deprived area of Manchester could help rejuvenate a green space and help single people find love.

Charity Trees for Cities is planning a speed-dating tree-planting event in Manchester on Valentine's Day.

Volunteers will pair up to plant a certain number of trees before moving on to a new partner and doing the same, to rejuvenate Sunnybrow Park in Gorton, Manchester, an area in need of safe, community green space.
The park's surroundings rank amongst the most deprived in the country according to the National Index of Deprivation.
The area — which is the setting for Channel 4 drama Shameless — suffers high crime rates, poor housing and education.

Trees for Cities representative Stephen Gray said: "The area needs to be improved and protected, so with our partners Red Rose Forest, our single volunteers will be looking for love and planting 3,000 hedge trees, including beech, crab apple and hornbeam, to create a boundary around the park in order to shelter it and increase biodiversity, to make the natural landscape richer and more inspiring for local residents.
"Speed-dating is a new twist for us and our volunteers, and we're working on the basis that our brilliant volunteers can't lose: even if they don't get a date, they've still made a positive contribution to the environment of one of the most underprivileged areas in the country."


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