Castlefield’s ‘Hanging Gardens’

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The Castlefield Forum continues to be at the centre of an important campaign in the Castlefield Basin. 

As many of you might have seen in the press our group has been actively exploring the possibilities to turn the Cornbrook Viaduct in Castlefield into the first ‘Hanging Gardens’ in the United Kingdom.

We have been very keen to contact people around the Globe to learn from similar experiences of creating gardens from disused railway lines.

One of our major recent achievements has been connecting with the High Line Team in New York, establishing a very important link with this iconic project in the Big Apple.

We had the invaluable opportunity to have a conference call with Mr. Robert Hammond, one of the cofounders of the High Line project in New York, in which he gave us very useful advice about the steps to follow to make this dream of seeing our own ‘Hanging Gardens’ in Castlefield come true.

One of our Forum members recently took advantage of a visit to New York to find more about the impact that the High Line has had on New York’s East side skyline, and to imagine how this could be translated into our project in Manchester.

We are also working on establishing contact with the people behind another emblematic project of this kind: the Viaduct des Arts-Promenade Plantée in Paris.

Our main aim is to harvest as much information as possible about all these successful experiences around the world in order to learn how we in the Castlefiled Forum can take a leading role in delivering this project.

The ‘Hanging Gardens’ Working Group consists of Castlefield Forum members Ali McGowan, Ian Christie, Amanda Jones-Lake, Toni Infante, Diane Lewis, Carol Middleton and Jonathan Schofield and works closely with landscape architects from Manchester Garden City. It is open to anyone with an interest in the subject.

Please come and join us!


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