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Tram at Metrolink stop in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Green Summit 2020: The Highlights

Last week we saw the Greater Manchester Green Summit 2020 which took place over four days. This year for the first time ever all our content, including presentations, talking heads, in-depth interviews and live Q&As were online where people could tune in from their homes.

IGNITION green/blue spaces

Why Do We Need Urban Green Space?

During the coronavirus lockdown, the extent to which we all truly need green spaces to live happy and healthy lives was brought into stark clarity. As around 85%[1] of the UK population live in an urban area, the importance of understanding the benefits these urban green spaces bring is critical to making smart choices about how we invest in, build and maintain them.

IGNITION - SuDS Street Trees

Why Do We Need Street Trees?

The IGNITION project has begun to review the evidence that shows the well-known and some lesser known benefits of trees on our streets.

Green Summit 2020

Green Summit 2020 to Set Agenda for Tackling Climate Emergency

Greater Manchester will set out the next steps to achieving net-zero carbon at the Green Summit 2020, taking place online from 21-24 September.

Sow the City Health Walk Sign

Healing in Nature: Sow the City’s Green Health Walk at Prestwich Hospital

Jon Ross, Founder of Sow the City, reports on the development of the organisation’s new Green Health Walk at Prestwich Hospital in Bury. Sow the City provides nature-based activities and horticultural therapy.

Mute swan

Greater Manchester Birding City Region Brings You ‘The Perfect Ten’

On Sunday 28th June, the Greater Manchester Birding City Region “Perfect Ten” is coming to a screen near you!

Small tortoiseshell butterfly by Charlotte Varela

Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

This World Environment Day, we’re celebrating Greater Manchester’s work towards the Five-Year Environment Plan.

Diagram of green roof and benefits

Why Do We Need Green Roofs?

World Green Roof Day (6th June) is a celebration of green roofs all over the world and the benefits they bring to people and nature. But what can green roofs do for us? The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

#WGRD #WGRD2020

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How are businesses in the UK driving climate resilience?

Business in the Community’s Sam Hartley reflects on the role of business in climate resilience and nature-based solutions in our latest IGNITION blog.

Speakers at the Natural Capital Group conference

Inspiring Conference Urges Greater Manchester to Work Together for the Environment

The Natural Capital Group Conference 2020 launched a campaign for Greater Manchester’s environment.

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