Manchester is known for its thriving industry, but the city also boasts six local nature reserves and 135 parks, gardens and open spaces. Among these is award-winning Heaton Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, covering 250 hectares of parkland. The city also displays a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to contemporary, as well as some pioneering eco-friendly buildings.
The City Council in partnership with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust is committed to improving the health of the residents of Manchester through a variety of innovative and fun projects and schemes.
Manchester sees a lot of births – almost 22 per day for a total of nearly 8 000 per year. Of these, 1.3% are born to women 18 or under, and 18.5% are born to women over 35. However, the average age for pregnancy is 29.8 years. The city is well prepared for these births – the main maternity hospital is fully accredited as a UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, with breastfeeding initiation rates of 65.3% (within 24 hours of birth).