The Resilient River Valleys project is funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund and is a partnership project between 3 environmental charities – Groundwork Greater Manchester, City of Trees and the Mersey Rivers Trust. The project focuses on delivering nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation in Manchester’s river valleys and urban green spaces e.g. leaky dams and tiny forests, with the involvement of 3 local authorities and 4 housing providers, across 27 different sites.

Resilient River Valleys


The project is delivered in three areas in Greater Manchester, please click the links below for more details on activity at each site:

North Manchester

South Manchester – Burnage

South Manchester – Wythenshawe

Nature Based Solutions

The Resilient River Valleys project focuses on using nature-based solutions, such as tree planting, woodland management, leaky dams and tiny forests, to help mitigate the effects of climate change in Manchester’s river valleys and urban green spaces.

Ranger teams will work with local community volunteers on rewilding projects, woodland management and wetland creation, creating botanically diverse stepping stones for nature within urban Manchester.

Local communities will be consulted in advance of any improvement works to ensure local people’s voices are at the heart of the decision-making process.

For more information about the features planned for each site, or to have input your ideas, please follow the locality links above.

Connecting people with Nature

Connecting people with nature is at the heart of the government programme and is integral to Groundwork’s mission. With almost 40% of people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in the most greenspace deprived areas, compared to 14% of white people (source) this project seeks to restore this imbalance and connect more people with the river valleys that run through the city of Manchester.

Groundwork will be hosting a number of river, woodland, and urban nature-based activities plus training and volunteering events across the projects localities.

These events are listed on the Groundwork Greater Manchester Facebook page, follow the link below to see the latest activities which you can get involved in:

Facebook Page

Green Jobs & Skills

The Resilient River Valleys project will create over 40 new green jobs, including Urban Rangers, Team Leaders, Community Link Officers, a Drone Pilot and a Natural Environmental Tutor.

In addition, working alongside local authorities and housing providers, Groundwork will co-ordinate and deliver an innovative programme of green skills training for the new trainees, partner staff, residents and community groups.

Find out more

For more information on any elements of the project, please contact the team using the link below:


Made possible thanks to funding from:

The Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies.  The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.