September 7, 2018

At this right moment I have just entered a little oasis of a beautiful remnant of an ancient forest , on my walks to Hough End pool, that I only discovered a few months ago , and it feel like visiting an old wise welcoming friend , it is so healing and beautiful to my...

April 24, 2018

A quite space for me is a place where I can think, find peace and calm, rejuvenate after a busy day. I have a few favourite quiet spaces. Inside church buildings. Many a time I have found myself sitting in Manchester cathedral after a spot of shopping around the city c...

April 18, 2018






April 10, 2018

Are we doing ecotherapy and providing nature-based experiences in our project? Or are we just following our common sense? We certainly didn't begin this project with these terms in our vocabulary, but it seems that there is much evidence for what we all have an intuiti...

April 8, 2018

A meeting of minds...

Black & White Photographs: Howard Walmsley

Colour Photographs: Rae Story

* At some point in the past a pub stood on Pomona Island affectionately known as The Pom. 

April 7, 2018

How do we lose our cities 'breathing' spaces?

And can urban design bring any back?

The Manchester Art Gallery had an exhibition in 2015 about the Lost Gardens of Manchester showcasing the gardens we have lost over the last four centuries. 

Pomona Island long lost as a bot...

March 24, 2018

Sacred spaces mean different things to different people. 

This project is about Manchester's Quiet Spaces, but during the project people have talked about the importance of

green spaces

b r e a t h i n g   s p a c e s


sacred spaces

There is a relationship between these...

March 20, 2018

On the Today program, radio 4, Friday 2nd March Englands Chief Medical Officer Prof Dame Sally Davies said the impact of air, light and noise pollution was well recognised in the environment. But she said its role in terms of health was yet to be fully understood. Dame...

March 6, 2018

A promise to myself that this year I will take time out to draw. Time out of the ordinary, noisy activities of the day to be quiet and still, and to live in the moment. Elizabeth Gaskell House and Garden is a quiet space in which there is a history and tradition of rea...

February 21, 2018

rolling wheels lead to beeping 

idling engines on wet roads

chatter, coughing, feet shuffling

laughter surrounds the swish of puddles

distant traffic breathing by the gushing water

the banging knocking bus diesel engine

carries on the wind

traffic chatter, chatter traffic


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