...today, it's spring 2015, and no errands for your General. Instead, you're checking your smartphone as you sit in the sun. It's your lunchbreak and soon you soon have to return to work.
Come into our gardens: Castlefield would like to meet you.
Our plans are ambitious. We will deliver a world-class urban space that ties together the 2,000-year-old Roman heritage of the site with the modern day city. We want to delight people who use the gardens, whatever their age, whatever month they visit and whatever time of day they happen to meander through. This will be a beautiful space to walk through, to relax in, to read a book, take in some sunshine, pick some growbox herbs, meet your friends for a drink in the dappled summer sun or walk your dog on a crisp winter morning.
Join us - we would love your help.
(Please click on the main image for our photo gallery.)
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Think big, aim high. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver an amazing, inspiring urban retreat for Manchester. Being located at the entrance to the Roman North Gate, the site is also of great historical importance. We want to do the Gardens justice. At the moment, they are sad and tired.
We want to make the most of this exciting space. We want a space that encourages children, families, local residents and tourists to visit. A space that has seating and allows relaxation. A green lung. A space that has simple, well-presented trees, planting and foliage. It's important that the planting provides interest all year round, which will be through flowers, leaves, fruit and foliage. Trees and pathways will be lit at night, to give the Gardens some sense of excitement; you will always feel safe whatever time it is.
We will work with Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service to hold a series of community digs to uncover more about the Roman heritage of the Gardens.
Steps to get it done:
Thank you for taking the time to read our page. If you'd like to come and meet us, please get in touch. We'd love to walk you through our plans and take you to the site.
We are looking for people to be founder members of our campaign - so please get in touch if you'd like to help. You can contact Calum McGowan here: RomanGardensCastlefield@yahoo.co.uk
More about us at: www.ourcastlefield.co.uk and www.facebook.com/ourcastlefield
More about Roman Manchester here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamucium (the main image on this Wikipedia page shows the state of the Gardens amongst the grandeur of the old railway viaducts). Also, a resource here that shows how the site would have been laid out in Roman times: http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/image_galleries/100408_roman_altar_gallery.shtml - just to the right of the central image, you'll see the North Gate, a replica of which is built in the Roman Gardens.
About the space
Roman Gardens, Castlefield
Manchester City Council