Elena and other residents from Gorse Hill in Manchester came together during the Covid-19 lockdown to create a new greenspace in their alleyway, adopting nature-based solutions which help tackle climate change.

Elena kickstarted the greening of local alleyways in Gorse Hill through lockdown, setting up the Gorse Hill Amazing Alleys Facebook group and inspiring local people to get involved. This area was expanded as part of our Eco Streets funding from the Ignition project.

Her alleyway has helped to inspire others to get involved in their own alleyway projects, which has already made an impact on littering/flytipping in the area as well as the community’s health and wellbeing.

“The local school have come on board, they were really interested in joining in. They’ve made little bug houses and some bird feeders, they also helped us to tidy up in the initial stages”

Elena has so many creative ideas for the space and hopes to keep expanding the alleys so there’s something for everyone.

“We’re having lots of installations amongst the pots and planters. We’ve got lots of sensory beds, we want to have a little orchard. It’s going to be really interactive for everybody”

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