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October 31, 2017

Walking back from Angel Meadows I passed  square that was empty but for the few people walking across to Victoria, and I was hit by the sound of the skaters practising their skills, chatting and hanging out. I stopped and listened, the sound of their boards coming and...

October 31, 2017

Whitworth Art Gallery in half term is not a quiet space...

But we still managed to find quiet corners and space for reflection and listening and looking.

Even in the drizzle and wet the seats at the 'back' entrance quadrangle provide enough shelter from the elements to e...

October 22, 2017

A brisk walk around the milenium and victoria orchards (guided by beautifully hand-drawn maps by artist in residence Alexandra Lewis available as a printed postcards set of 3 - pls contact Friends of Platt Fields Park for more info http://www.plattfields.org) brought u...

October 17, 2017

A fantastic and enthusiastic group from Back-on-Track lead by Rachel Shore and myself spent a cool blustery afternoon in Angel Meadows.

We can learn a lot about the history of Manchester in the history of Angel Meadows. Isn't it fascinating how certain locations tell a...

October 10, 2017

Fantastic way to spend World Mental Mental Health Day - recording the unique ambience and soundmarks of The Growing Together Project at Highfields Ecological Allotment Project. We spent some time reflecting on the practice of listening and what it can do for our mental...

September 29, 2017

The healing medicine of just being in a forest...

Developed in Japan in the 1980's this practice is well researched in Japan and many city dwellers are taking to the forests to restore and balance their busy stressful lives.

By realising that natural sources of nourishme...

September 27, 2017

Yesterday we ran two workshops with the Growing Together therapeutic horticulture project at Highfields Allotment in Levenshulme.  It has been a few years since I last visited the project and so much has changed, the garden has matured, the building gives a real centre...

September 12, 2017

Parks are obvious green spaces that can be tranquil places. They are also the lungs that help our cities breath and a much needed place for wildlife to thrive.

As a way of ensuring we continue to have quiet and tranquil green spaces within our city, one pro-active thing...

September 12, 2017

The environment that we live in is the one we are exposed to most. Deciding to create a living space that we find inspiring or calming, where we can feel happy and safe is part of what we can do for ourselves if we feel oppressed by city sights and noises. Even creatin...

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