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Members of Castlefield Forum are delighted to launch a new public survey to capture and celebrate what makes this area of Manchester so special.

The project sees collaboration with National Trust’s Spirit of Place programme and the Castlefield Forums ongoing Roman Gardens Project which sets to map the path of the original Roman road and create a artistic timeline feature.

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Creating a Spirit of Place

“Working with the National Trust we are gathering together information on what makes Castlefield special for the people that live, work and visit the area. We will be using this to help inform a piece of work which captures the ‘spirit’ of Castlefield, and will ultimately we hope it will help us influence future decisions affecting the area and identify priority projects.” – Carol Middleton, Chair of the Forum

“We are excited about this project with Castlefield Forum which we hope will help shape the future look and feel of the area, influence decision-making and make the most of the opportunities that exist in Castlefield”. Victoria Bradford-Keegan, National Trust

You can follow the Spirit of Place project on social media with #spiritofcastlefield.

Roman Gardens

The second initiative is a piece of public art which will be a defining feature of the regeneration of Castlefield’s historic green space, the Roman Gardens off Liverpool Rd, opposite the Museum of Science & Industry’s Air Space Hall. Said to be the birthplace of Manchester, the Romans built Mamucium Fort on this site in AD 79; from here the city of Manchester grew. The current scheme for the area includes, themed planting, opening of pathways through the gardens and the timeline feature.

“In partnership with Manchester City Council and BDP Landscape Architects, we’re helping to design a timeline spanning the length of the path that follows the route of the original Roman road. Rather than relying on history books alone, we want as many points as possible on our timeline to come from people who have a personal or family connection to the area. We’d love you to share your memories, family stories, facts and local knowledge to help shape the contents of the piece.” – Carol Middleton, Chair of the Forum

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