City of Trees launches brand new tree trail that takes you across the city to enjoy the diversity of trees Manchester has to offer.

Leading environmental charity City of Trees has unveiled their city centre tree trail which takes in nearly 30 trees of note right across Manchester from Deansgate to the Northern Quarter.

The trail incorporates key areas such as Manchester Cathedral, Stephenson Square as well as greenspaces across the city such as Sackville Park and St John’s Garden.

It aims to show the diverse species of trees in Manchester city centre including the paper bark maple from China and the giant sequoia from California.

The interactive map layer can be easily downloaded onto the Google Maps app on smart devices and there is no set route to follow, allowing people to adapt the route to suit them.

Katie Jones, who led on creating the tree trail, said: “We wanted to raise awareness of our urban trees, especially those in the city centre. Street trees have a crucial role to play in not only creating places people want to enjoy but also reducing local surface water flooding and filtering harmful pollutants from our air”.

She adds; “We hope that by using Google Maps we have created not only an easy to follow map, but something different from a traditional trail. This also allows us to update the layer with new trees in the future along with a more flexible and interactive approach for users.”

The charity is running a competition across their social media channels, asking people to name the locations of some of the trees. Those who answer correctly will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 copies of ‘The Wisdom of Trees’ by Max Adams.  Find them on twitter, Instagram and facebook /cityoftreesmcr


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