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Can Greater Manchester take the right steps to becoming an exemplar healthy place?

Michael Chang, Projects and Policy Manager at the Town and Country Planning Association discusses the extent to which the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has set out strategic public health and healthcare priorities and needs.

Real Junk Food Project Manchester up for prestigious MFDF Award

The Real Junk Food Project Manchester is up for best food and drink pop-up of the year in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards!

Science as Revolution: GMCA at ESOF 2016

From 23-27th July 2016, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) comes to Manchester, with climate sessions and interactive exhibitions from Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority (GMCA).

December floods cause widespread damage

The RESIN project is bringing European cities and scientists together to investigate climate resilience and develop more effective strategies.

Environment Agency outlines recovery plans following floods

Storm-affected areas in the North to recieve £40 million to repair damage.

Community woodland management: Urmston Meadows

The Urmston Meadows Action Group has been working to transform local woodland and encourage the nesting of endangered Willow Tits with the help of Red Rose Forest and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Crowd-funding success for Stevenson Square and Red Rose Forest

Following a successful crowd-funding campaign by Red Rose Forest, the first of its kind in Manchester City Centre, Stevenson Square has become a landmark for a pioneering greening project.

Real Junk Food Project Manchester hosts: 'Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story'

Calling all food waste warriors! This month, Real Junk Food Project Manchester is hosting the city’s premiere screening of the award winning documentary ‘Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story’ - and you're invited...

Tackling tree pests and diseases in Greater Manchester: Ash Dieback

Spotting the symptoms of tree diseases and reporting them is essential for the future of our woodlands. 

Harworth Estates are making trees their business

Harworth Estates is developing a country park in Bolton next to one of their biggest employment developments.

Q&A: Tim May, Professor & Co-Director of SURF

As part of our series of academic profiles, we chat with Tim May, Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) at the University of Salford.

Q&A: Alex Wharton, Research Fellow at the University of Salford

Next in our series of academic profiles, we chat with Alex Wharton, a Research Fellow at the University of Salford with interests in the co-production of knowledge and urban spaces.

'Government's stance increasingly weak on climate change,' say Manchester University Professors

Professors from The University of Manchester respond to a speech by new energy minister Amber Rudd on Government plans to tackle climate change.

Q&A: Jessica Symons, Research Fellow at the University of Salford

As part of a feature that aims to capture the wonderful work being done by academics at the University of Salford on sustainability, we chat with Research Fellow, Jessica Symons.

An update from Heritage Trees

Red Rose Forest's Heritage Trees project has enjoyed great success over the last few months. Here, we fill you in on the story so far.

Disco Soup Manchester: party with a purpose

The Real Junk Food Project Manchester is bringing a fabulous food waste festival to the city in partnership with the Wonder Inn. Art, activities, games and music will accompany the main event, Manchester’s first ever Disco Soup!

Helping Manchester do as the Romans did

A Castlefield community group is attempting to crowd fund the development of a world-class urban space that ties together the 2,000-year-old Roman heritage of the site with modern day Manchester and they need your help!

ESOF 2016: A science revolution in Manchester

There isn't long until the call for proposals to the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 programme closes, with submissions needing to be made before 1 June 2015.

Butterfly giveaway on election day

Artist Romuald Hazoumè gives away the butterflies from six of his compositions currently featured at Manchester Museum to encourage political engagement.

Greater Manchester celebrates World Naked Gardening Day

World Naked Gardening Day sees staff and customers at Hulme Community Garden Centre get into the spirit!

A boost for rural businesses in the North West

Lancashire County Council has announced plans to inject £4.6m into rural businesses across Lancashire and Greater Manchester to support employment and encourage economic growth.

Supporting good ideas for Manchester – #MakeMCR

#MakeMCR is a crowd-funding initiative that aims to create better places and spaces around Manchester by offering help and support to raise funds for projects.

'Payday Lending' A Debate With SARF and Carl Packman

'Payday Lending' a debate with SARF and Carl Packman

The Manchester-based Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF) brought writer, researcher and broadcaster Carl Packman together with members of the public to join in a debate on the causes and effects of the rise of payday lenders, as well as the best way to tackle the harmful social consequences.

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Metrolink plants new ‘Field of Hope’ for Marie Curie with Wythenshawe schoolchildren

A ‘Field of Hope’ will return to Wythenshawe this spring after schoolchildren from Peel Hall Primary School teamed up with Metrolink to plant daffodil bulbs in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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