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History of New Moss Wood

Previously a market garden farm, the land was bought by the Woodland Trust in 1996 and the woodland planted with the help of the local community and the Red Rose Forest Project (now City of Trees) in 1998 and 1999.

Historically, a large part of neighbouring Chat Moss and surrounding areas were covered by tree-edged, lowland raised peat bog. This has developed over thousands of years where water logging has slowed down the decomposition of plants leading to huge domed peat accumulations. Chat Moss peat bog makes up 30 per cent of the City of Salford, in Greater Manchester, 8km (five miles) to the west of Manchester. Drainage of Chat Moss for land-improvement purposes took place over a number of centuries, but a large-scale network of drainage channels is still required to keep the land from reverting to bog.

The Red Rose Forest is a community forest in the western and central Greater Manchester area. Founded in 1991, it is expected to take 40 years to develop and mature. The aim of the project is to involve local communities in safeguarding and creating woodland for the future and get greenery into places where people can appreciate it every day, including street trees, green roofs and green spaces.