Nature recovery in Greater Manchester
From urban parks and gardens to reserves, rivers and canals, nature in Greater Manchester comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth we build on and the soil we grow our food in.
Greenspaces and waterways make up half of our city-region - having access to them is vital to us being able to live a good life and for our physical and mental wellbeing. They help us tackle the challenges posed by climate change, including flooding and water security, air quality and carbon storage. And nature even plays a key role in the success of our economy and in our prosperity, contributing the equivalent of £1bn per year to our city-region.
But nature is also being lost locally, nationally and globally, with the abundance and diversity of many of our key species now in long-term decline. Greater Manchester recognised the severity of these declines by declaring a biodiversity emergency in 2022.
We’re working with partners across Greater Manchester on a wide range of projects to help nature recover – find out more below and get involved.
What are we doing
Greater Manchester's Local Nature Recovery Strategy: our plan for nature recovery
Learn more about our emerging plan for nature recovery across the city-region.
Natural capital is the environmental assets that give benefits to people, like land, water and air.
The Natural Course project seeks to improve and protect the water quality of the North West.
Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund
The Green Spaces Fund gives small grants to communities to improve and create local green spaces.
The IGNITION Project
IGNITION project aims to develop innovative solutions for Greater Manchester’s natural environment