A patch of urban scrubland adjacent to the former Mayfield railway station building has been transformed into the city’s newest and smallest urban park with the help of the Mayfield Partnership’s horticultural advisers, the Green Health Alliance.
Pigeon Triangle – as the site is informally known owing to its enduring popularity with a flock of around 100 urban pigeons – is a 175 sq metre grassed area formed by the junctions of Fairfield Street, Travis Street and Baring Street close to the legendary Star & Garter pub.
Staff from the Green Health Alliance – who have been working at the Mayfield site throughout the summer promoting healthy eating and wellbeing – have transformed the unloved area into an edible orchard featuring around 15 apple trees housed in planters made at the Men’s Shed workshop in Openshaw.
Kath Whittaker who is working for the Green Health Alliance on behalf of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, explained the impact delivering the projects has had and will have in the future. She said: “The Pigeon Triangle project has been devised and delivered by grass-roots organisations in Manchester whose volunteers have spent many hours making the tree planters using recycled and reclaimed materials.
“It is a great little project which brings a new dimension to the area but the value of the project is about much more than its physical aspects. It is about our volunteers learning to work as a team while building confidence and self-esteem. It has been a fantastic project to engage with and we know the team of volunteers are very pleased with the final result.”
The GHA’s activity at Pigeon Triangle is in addition to the work it has delivered at the Grub Food Fair site on Baring Street. Led by Real Food Wythenshawe, the urban allotment showcases food growing options while a weekly series of activities and workshops have run throughout the food fair’s summer season.
The Green Health Alliance is made up of four organisations: Growing in the City/Men’s Shed Project, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Real Food Wythenshawe and Debdale Eco Centre. These four community growing organisations are committed to working across Manchester with some of the most vulnerable communities, connecting people and places to nature and improving health and mental wellbeing outcomes for all.
The Green Health Alliance is being supported at Mayfield by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens , a charity which supports community growing projects across the UK to create better, friendly, healthier communities. FCFCG provides expert guidance and advice.
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About The Mayfield Partnership
The Mayfield Development Partnership is committed to delivering the regeneration of Manchester’s historic Mayfield site. It comprises LCR, wholly-owned by the Department for Transport; Manchester City Council; Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration and property development company U+I.
About the Mayfield site
Mayfield is a 24-acre site next to Manchester Piccadilly station. The partnership’s vision is for Mayfield to become a distinctive new urban quarter, delivering 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park over the next decade.