West Gorton in Manchester has been selected to develop Nature Based Solutions demonstration projects and partnerships with a group of cities across Europe and China as part of an international project to embed Nature Based Solutions in long term city planning, development and management.
Its vision is to make green and blue spaces a permanent feature of all urban areas around the world, creating harmony between people, economy and the environment, for the benefit of all.
Our role in this project is to engage the local West Gorton community in realising the vision.
Many people in West Gorton experience poverty and challenges with their health. Since 2018 we have been engaging the local community in Manchester with this project, named Grow Green West Gorton, researching how they use and value green spaces in the area and their concerns about climate change.
Through practical and accessible events and workshops our team demonstrate the value of Nature Based Solutions and increase awareness and understanding of climate change at a local level.
Since 2018 we have undertaken a range of community engagement activities in West Gorton, Manchester including:
- Events and workshops at accessible locations including the local school and GP surgery.
- Door knocking all houses in the area.
- Electronic and hard copy questionnaires.
The insight gained from these activities influences the final green space design which is being developed by BDP Architects, ensuring the local community have a strong influence in the final solutions.
Community engagement activities continue into 2020 as the project build begins, watch this space to find out what the local community of Manchester think of the end result.
What are Nature Based Solutions?
Nature Based Solutions are actions to save, maintain, and restore ecosystems. They utilize nature rather to help tackle socio-environmental challenges which include flooding, poor air quality and biodiversity.
Groundwork’s landscape architects in Manchester specialise in designing Nature Based Solutions, for more examples click here.
Thanks to funding from:
The Grow Green West Gorton project is a Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme from the European Union which seeks to demonstrate how existing green and open spaces can be improved through Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change, whilst also providing exciting new settings for local communities to enjoy.