i-trees is a groundbreaking and unique project that aims to demonstrate the importance of trees and other types of greenery in the fight against climate change in our cities.
Through a long term programme of tree planting, green roofs and green walls and the installation of a range of scientific monitoring equipment, i-trees will help transform the Oxford Road Corridor of Manchester City Centre into a ‘Living Laboratory'.
The Living Laboratory will monitor and help us to understand how greenery can impact on climatic conditions such as temperature, flash flooding and air quality and provide a valuable insight into how we can make our cities less vulnerable to climate change.
i-trees builds on the internationally respected work by the University of Manchester into the role of street trees and green spaces in adapting urban areas to climate change and the nationally respected work of Red Rose Forest in greening urban areas through its Green Streets project. It will enable Manchester to remain at the forefront of climate change adaptation research and will be another world first for the city.
i-trees is a working partnership between The University of Manchester, Red Rose Forest, Manchester City Council, the Manchester Metropolitan University and members of the Corridor Manchester. i-trees has also been supported by Manchester Science Park, Manchester Leisure, the Manchester Academy and European VALUE (INTERREG IVB). The project began in 2007.
For more information contact Pete Stringer, Special Projects Manger on 0161 872 1660 or at