Urban Forest was conceived in the Winter of 2020 by Dan White, a biologist from South Manchester. Like many people across the UK Dan spent a lot of the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns exploring his local area with his young family. He had always had an interest in the nature, but this period of time made him increasingly aware of the crucial role natural habitats have in improving community wellbeing.
Drawing on support from family and friends, Dan created tree planting kits and publicised them across South Manchester on social media and via posters. South Manchester answered the call, and people planted the seeds in their yards, alleyways and gardens. Many of these seeds began to grow, creating the beginning of our first urban forest.
Now Urban Forest has secured its first urban space in Chorlton supported by United Utilities and Transport for Greater Manchester and volunteers are transforming the site, planting tree saplings grown during the lockdowns of 2021.
Currently a community group based in South Manchester, Urban Forest has ambitions to turn into a community interest company in 2022. We are actively looking for more spaces where we can plant trees and encourage biodiversity to flourish.