The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Greater Manchester.

Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester, May 2005. Attribtuion: G-Man.
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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Manchester community action. It focuses mainly on Manchester community action topics. A separate page is about Community resources Manchester.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Springfield Beech Hill Gidlow CommUnity - Funding Edit
Authors: Digital Finch, September 13, 2021
Envirolution 2011
Authors: Dave Barrow, 2011
  • Springfield, Beech Hill & Gidlow Community, (Wigan) — mutual aid group formed by neighbours. "Bringing the community together to create a great place to live, work and play", added 13:14, 20 October 2022 (UTC)
  • Wigan CAN on twitter, Citizens & Neighbours of Wigan, Members of Neighbourhood Democracy Movement
  • Action for Sustainable Living
  • Envirolution UK, community cooperative based in Greater Manchester which aims to create a catalyst for environmental & social change

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

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

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Climate emergency declared in 2019. Manchester aiming to be a zero-carbon city by 2038.

Climate change solutions[edit | edit source]

People Powered Retrofit,, not-for-profit service for householders in Greater Manchester, offering clear, independent advice. added 12:36, 22 October 2021 (UTC)

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

The Dispensary Full Video
Authors: The Dispensary Salford, Jan 17, 2021

The Dispensary, Salford,, zero waste shop & community hub also selling fresh fruit and veg. added 08:44, 22 October 2021 (UTC)

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

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


Mad Cycle Lanes of Manchester

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

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]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Excerpt: What is the Preston Model?
Authors: The Laura Flanders Show, Jun 26, 2018
Steady State Manchester - an introduction.
Authors: Steadystate Manchester, Dec 24, 2016

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


The Viable Economy steadystatemanchester

About Greater Manchester[edit | edit source]

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Greater Manchester is a ceremonial county in North West England. It borders Lancashire to the north, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire to the east, Cheshire to the south, and Merseyside to the west. Its largest settlement is the city of Manchester.

The county has an area of 493 sq mi (1,277 km2) and is highly urbanised, with a population of 2.8 million. The majority of the county's settlements are part of the Greater Manchester Built-up Area, which extends into Cheshire and Merseyside and is the second most populous urban area in the UK. The city of Manchester is the largest settlement. Other large settlements are Bolton, Rochdale, Sale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan. Greater Manchester contains ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, the councils of which collaborate through Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The county was created on 1 April 1974 from parts of north-east Cheshire, south-east Lancashire, and a small part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The centre and south-west of Greater Manchester are lowlands, similar to the West Lancashire Coastal Plain to the north-west and the Cheshire Plain to the south-west. The north and east are part of the Pennines: the West Pennine Moors in the northwest, the South Pennines in the northeast and the Peak District in the east. Most of the county's rivers rise in the Pennines and are tributaries of the Mersey and Irwell, the latter of which is itself a tributary of the Mersey. The county is connected to the Mersey Estuary by the Manchester Ship Canal, which for its entire length within Greater Manchester consists of canalised sections of the Mersey and Irwell.

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Authors Phil Green
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Created June 12, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified June 5, 2024 by Phil Green
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