Running against global warming

By Laura Stubbs

WHILE some remain passive in the battle to curb carbon emissions, others are joining forces in an effort to combat the threat of global warming.

Hundreds of people will back Manchester’s campaign for a greener city next week as they take part in the annual Tree-Athlon at Heaton Park.

The unique fundraiser, requiring participants to dig out both their running shoes and a spade for the 5km run and tree planting party, is part of a wider initiative to raise awareness of rising global temperatures.

Dr Roland Ennos, a leading Life Sciences expert from the University of Manchester, has championed the event organised by Trees For Cities.

He said: “The Tree-Athlon is a great way of getting more trees planted in the city, whilst also helping in the fight against global warming.

“It’s believed a modest increase in the number of urban parks and street trees could offset decades of predicted temperature rises.”

Around 500 people are expected at the event and organisers are confident they can improve on last year’s figures.

A spokesperson for Trees For Cities said: “We raised enough money last year to plant over 700 more saplings at Heaton Park.

“We’re hoping that Tree-Athlon 2009 can exceed this amount so we can really make a difference to the city.”

Tree-Athlon 2009 takes place on Sunday October 4. For more information visit

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