At the beating heart of the Northern Quarter, Stevenson Square is a social hub, home to bars, cafés and businesses such as Soup Kitchen, Kraak Gallery and Eastern Bloc. But it also has the potential to be greener; an idea Red Rose Forest is campaigning to make happen. The organisation hopes to transform the square into a ‘street café’ style environment, with plans to plant trees, transform the toilet block into a central feature and provide a greener amenity for local residents and businesses. The makeover will also include extended pavements in order to create ‘a green spine’ along the middle of the square and a green roof to collect rainwater and plant herbs and fruits. But while the project already has the support of Manchester City Council, it also needs extra help to raise the funds. The organisation has set a goal of £39,354 in order to complete the project and has welcomed over £34,000 in pledges towards the makeover – just £5,000 short of its target.

More information at Red Rose Forest’s campaign page.

Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Thu 2 May 2013