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This article is intended to be about community action for sustainability in the Greater Manchester W area, so including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Manchester and Salford.

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

  • Merci, ideas into action for a sustainable future

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Community energy[edit]

Bee Sustainable, Bury - Carbon Co-op - Community Energy GM, helping community organisations come together and install renewable energy - Halton Lune Hydro - Moss Community Energy - Saddleworth Community Hydro - St John’s Sunshine, Old Trafford

Community involvement[edit]

People’s Plan, an independent public engagement programme, by and for citizens and civil society of Greater Manchester

Cycling activism[edit]

Love Your Bike campaign based in Greater Manchester, co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth - Critical Mass bicycle rides in Manchester


Mad Cycle Lanes of Manchester

Food activism[edit]

Abundance Manchester, voluntary project which picks surplus or unwanted fruit from gardens and public trees around South Manchester and distributes it to local groups and communities - Food Futures - Hulme Community Garden centre - Incredible Edible Prestwich and District - Incredible Edible Salford on facebook - Manchester Veg People, multi-stakeholder co-operative of local organic growers and buyers who are working together to help develop a new model for the local food supply chain - Sow the City

Open spaces[edit]

Manchester has six designated Local Nature Reserves which are Chorlton Water Park (Wikipedia), Blackley Forest, Clayton Vale and Chorlton Ees, Ivy Green, Boggart Hole Clough (Wikipedia) and Highfield Country Park (Wikipedia). [1]

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Recycle for Greater Manchester

Trees, woodland and forest[edit]

City of Trees, movement to re-invigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child who lives there, within a generation

Red Rose Forest, community forest in western and central Greater Manchester, England. It was founded in 1991 and is expected to take 40 years to develop and mature, with the aim of involving communities in safeguarding and creating a woodland flora for the future, and helping preserve the fast disappearing flora of British woodlands. The population within the Forest boundary amounts to 1.5 million, making it the largest urban community forest in the United Kingdom.

The main aim is to get greenery where people can appreciate it every day. This includes street trees, green roofs and green spaces. Red Rose Forest's Green Streets team works with local communities on unique and innovative greening projects to improve the quality of life for urban communities. The value of greening as a means of tackling a range of social, health and economic issues is huge. Red Rose Forest offers many ways for the people to get involved in their environment including the general public through their Friends of the Forest scheme, businesses through sponsorship and communities through the Green Streets project. W

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

Steady State Manchester, for local prosperity, justice & ecological safety


The Viable Economy steadystatemanchester

News and comment[edit]


Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester’s car commuter hell, Tanya Aldred, Jan 13 [2]

Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government. Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome, Jan 4 [3]


Greater Manchester is set to radically overhaul the way it delivers public services, Nov 29 [4]

Oldham's Community Transformation, Nov 14 [5]

Greater Manchester is setting out its ambitions to become one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe, at today's inaugural Green Summit, Mar 21 [6]


Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced Chris Boardman as Greater Manchester’s first-ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Jul 28 [7]

Urban trees breathe life into Salford street, May 17 [8]

Project aims to grow a 'city of trees', Jan 21 [9]


An idea for Manchester’s new mayor: let the people decide where the cash goes, Oct 17 [10]


Manchester cycles in Copenhagen’s tracks, October 22 [11]


Rochdale Borough starts construction of the UK’s ‘first publicly owned solar farm’, September 22 [12]


How a Manchester co-op is getting the food revolution moving, June 20 [13]

News sources

Platform, The everyday portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester.



May 17 - Achieving a viable economy – is community business the answer? by Steady State Manchester,


September 12 - 13 - Open Eco homes, Carbon Coop

September 12 - Open Day Saddleworth Community Hydro


  • Greater Manchester Poverty Commission findings published January 2013, calls for special measures which will assist more than 600,000 Greater Manchester residents who are experiencing the effects of extreme poverty. In addition, calls for action to prevent nearly 1.6 million people (nearly half the population of Greater Manchester) sliding in to deeper poverty.

Apps for sustainability[edit]

Recycle for Greater Manchester Phone App

Citizens data initiative[edit]

DataGM, freeing Greater Manchester's public data


#MakeMCR - Rusholme Soup


Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Manchester, Greater Manchester, Manchester Congestion Charge, Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund


This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. wikipedia:Manchester#Landmarks
  2. The Guardian
  3. The Guardian
  5. Troubled Families Programme
  9. BBC news
  10. The Guardian
  11. Sustrans
  12. Solar Power Portal