Community brings a Tatton show garden back to the city

Urban Oasis to be recreated in Manchester's Abbey Hey

A Manchester community group is to have its area improved with the re-creation of a show feature from this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Show at Tatton Park. Residents of Vine Street in Abbey Hey, Manchester, went head to head with three other community groups to compete for Urban Oasis — a show garden designed by Stephen Martlew Landscape Architects, Manchester, and built by Manchester City Council’s leisure services department. The garden has been designed for an urban landscape, celebrating Manchester’s industrial history, while also offering a place for relaxation. The design brings together contemporary materials such as steel and stone cubes with a wild-flower meadow. Urban Oasis designer Stephen Martlew said: “This project recognises the need to improve these smaller neighbourhood parks, particularly in deprived inner-city areas, as they can act as a catalyst for the regeneration of neighbourhoods across Manchester.” The communities were nominated by Manchester City Council for their efforts in reviving their local park or recreational space. Vine Street campaigner Elaine Borrell said: “We are eager to see our space transformed into a fantastic area for everyone to enjoy.”

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