The friends of Lightoaks park community group planted trees this weekend as part of their Big Climate Fightback.

Manchester and District Walkers and Salford City Council Ranger Alistair Cook worked together with local residents, who volunteered to help plant trees, daffodil and crocus bulbs.

More than 40 people attended the event, with over 100 trees planted.

Tim Moore, a member of the Friends of Light Oaks group said: “Today throughout the UK a lot of people are getting involved with climate change so we’re planting loads of trees and bulbs and hopefully we are all doing our little bit towards the climate change fight.”

The aim of the tree planting is not only to make the area greener, but also to help slow down the effects of climate change. Planting trees allows much of the excess Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere to be absorbed, which is known as carbon capture, with oxygen being released in its place.

Salford city council recently revealed that 4.5% of Salford’s 2017 mortality rate was caused by human made pollution, higher than the North West average of 4.1%, yet still lower than the 5.1% average for England.

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Tim explained the day’s importance for Salford: “It’s very important. It’s very much to do with the climate change and it’s a thing that everybody is beginning to look at now more seriously.”

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In partnership with the Woodland Trust, the Friends of Light Oaks park group are just one of the many organisations in Greater Manchester battling against climate change.

To find out more information about the big climate fightback, click here.

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Featured image, Image gallery and video credit: Claudia Burns

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