Manchester Plans A New "City Forest Park" As Large As New York's Central Park

By James O Malley on at

Manchester could soon be getting a massive new park, on the site of a former power station.

A campaign for investment has been launched for City Forest Park, hoping to raise the cash to transform 330 hectares of land just outside of Manchester City Centre into an enormous new park, which would be almost the same size as New York's Central Park.

The site, which borders Salford, Bolton and Bury is less than three miles from the centre of town, and would be a return to nature for an area that was previously home to the Agecroft power station, a coal mine and a chemical works.

The campaign is being run by City of Trees, a coalition of dozens of organisations, which includes the University of Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The plan is to build on what is already there - which includes a large network of paths, 250,000 trees and over 300 species of wildlife to turn the site into a proper park, to create cycle routes and spaces for arts and other leisure activities.

Tony Hothersall from City of Trees is quoted in the press release as saying that "Nothing exists on this scale in Greater Manchester and we need to act now in order to create our City Forest Park for the future, truly cementing us at the heart
of the Northern Powerhouse."

He adds "Make an investment today and realise the vision for Greater Manchester’s City Forest Park."

Sadly he doesn't say how much the project needs. But if you're a kindly millionaire and want a few dozen trees named after yourself - why not give him a call?