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Cash to boost area's green spaces
5:30pm Sunday 30th September 2012 in News
THE Forestry Commission has increased grants for a scheme to encourage new woodland creation in the area.
Trees currently cover just 3.7 per cent of Greater Manchester compared to the national average of eight per cent.
Research shows that nurturing woodlands near to where people live is a key motivator in raising activity levels and promoting well-being.
Creating green urban areas can also mitigate the effects of climate change, offer attractive settings for businesses and provide a refuge for wildlife.
It is hoped that the increased grants will encourage land owners to plant publicly accessible woods.
For more information go to www.forestry.gov.uk/ewgs or contact 01524 565 800