Community group turns to crowdsourcing to plug funding gap for project to green a Manchester square

Street trees, hanging baskets and an edible living roof on a former public loo could transform a grey Manchester square if £6,000 is raised.

Community group, Red Rose Forest, wants to turn the tarmac of Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter area into a gorgeous green space and is crowdsourcing to raise the rest of the nearly £40,000 needed.

Special projects manager Pete Stringer said: "If we can get this project up and running we will make a real difference to Stevenson Square. Our aim is to make it a more attractive place for people to live, work, shop and do business."

Red Rose Forest is based in Salford and has been creating pockets of community forest across Greater Manchester since 1991, planting more than three million trees so far.

Stringer added: "Planting more trees in urban areas has been shown to bring a range of benefits. They can improve people’s health and well-being and by providing shading and cooling in the summer can help in the battle against climate change and reduce the risk of flooding."

The project is being supported by city management company CityCo, which will liaise with the City Council on traffic management. Both organisations are also working with design practice BDP on the Manchester Garden City project, which aims to make Manchester a modern green city.

Red Rose Forest plans to plant liquid amber trees in the pavement and central reservation in a porous reinstated surface material, made from recycled tyres, which would let oxygen and water through. It wants to install self-irrigating hanging baskets on lamp posts and install a green roof made of edible herbs and fruit.

Donations are being collected at: Donations are only taken if the target is reached.

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