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Manchester prepares to debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Marketing Manchester, part of the Growth Company, is gearing up to change perceptions of the city when it debuts The Manchester Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden is designed by Exterior Architecture and exhibiting in the Space to Grow category. The Manchester Garden will offer a fresh perspective on post-industrial cities, highlighting the reinvention of Greater Manchester, its resilience and its adaptability.
The garden will aim to challenge long held pre-conceptions about the region. As well as raising important questions about how cities manage urban green infrastructure in the face of climate change, rising temperatures and weather extremes.
Along with a structure that incorporates urban, parkland, remediation and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) planting, The Manchester Garden will feature several talking points that relate back to the city:
  • Ten trees to represent the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Provided by Manchester’s very own City of Trees initiative, which aims to plant a tree for every Greater Manchester resident, within a generation.
  • A water feature telling the story of the region’s major waterways.
  • A paved area created with beautiful local sandstone, named after a founding city elder, Sir Joseph Whitworth.
The Garden will also feature a focal sculpture by Denton-based studio Lazerian,created by artist Liam Hopkins. The seven-metre 3D design will showcase the region’s journey from one-time ‘cottonpolis’ to the home of graphene by referencing the structural similarities of both materials: cotton and graphene.
The Manchester Garden embodies many of the qualities that define Greater Manchester. This includes resilience, ambition, diversity and progressive thinking. Greater Manchester is a global role model in the UN’s Making Cities Resilient programme and is working to become one of the most resilient places in the world to live, work, play and visit.

After the show the garden will be disassembled into its key parts, such as planting, sculpture, trees, paving etc, and relocated to Greater Manchester where each of these parts will be integrated into new or existing externals spaces. It has partnered with Greater Manchester charity City of Trees who will be gifted the trees and it wants all local authorities within Greater Manchester to have an opportunity to find a home for a part of the garden.

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