UK city stages ‘tree-athlon’

Hundreds of trees have been planted in Greater Manchester as part of the city’s first “tree-athlon” event, reports the BBC News website.

About 500 people took part in a 5km (three-mile) run in Heaton Park, before each was given a sapling as a prize.

Competitors could either plant the tree at home or in specially-created woodland in the park after the event.

The race, which took place at 1430 BST, was organised by the charity Trees for Cities, which aims to raise money to plant trees in urban areas.

Councillor Richard Cowell, of Manchester City Council, said: “As well as cutting our carbon footprints, trees are an important part of our response to climate change and our drive to become Britain’s greenest city.

“Whether you’re taking part in the Tree-athlon or the Tree Party, this is a wonderful opportunity for families and young people to enjoy a good day out whilst learning about the importance of trees.”

Trees for Cities has been running greening projects in Greater Manchester since 2005.

It works in partnership with the Red Rose Forest, one of 12 Community Forests in England that are regenerating the environment in and around many of England’s urban centres.

Source: BBC News website

Date: 05/10/2008

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