GREEN fingered primary school pupils have been helping turn Greater Manchester in to an environmental wonderland.

Year 4 pupils from Whitefield Community Primary School teamed up with City of Trees to help plant 3 million trees — one for each man, woman and child in the region.

In a fun packed day the children were taught about the vital role trees play in the environment and our lives, as well as enjoying some hands on experience of using tools and planting saplings.

Whitefield Community Primary School head teacher, Martin Van Hecke, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to get involved.

"This physical activity allowed the children of Whitefield community Primary school to help shape the environment in which they live.

"We teach sustainability and the environment through our curriculum and this activity helped support that thinking.

"Creating parks and woodlands for future generations to enjoy and ensuring that our young people connect with nature is something that is truly inspiring."

The Salford-based City of Trees movement was established in 2015 by The Oglesby Charitable Trust and Community Forest Trust, and aims to reinvigorate the regions landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland.

So far the scheme is one twelfth of the way towards its target, with 250,194 trees planted to date, and has connected more than 10,000 people with Greater Manchester's nature.

It has also taken on over 223 hectares of managed woodland across the region — one eighth of its goal.

City of Trees' Triana Angele said: “ We were really pleased to have Whitefield Community Primary involved in this project, as the children learn how easy and fun it is to plant trees, and it gives them individual ownership of the greenspaces within their community.”