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Harvesting time at Orchard 49

Fruitful work at Orchard 49 for Apple Day

Situated in Old Trafford, Orchard 49 is a community space that grows a variety of fruit. Clare Wiley pays a visit as it gears up for Apple Day on 4 October.

Erin at the Festival Gardens Park, Liverpool

I just can't find my PLACE in this World

Richard Tracey, interim Project Director for the Atlantic Gateway Parklands, outlines the progress being made towards delivering the Atlantic Gateway Parklands - the 'Landscape for Prosperity'

Makeover for the River Medlock

A 300m section of the river, spanning from Clayton Vale to Phillips Park, has been transformed thanks to a project delivered jointly by the Environment Agency, Manchester City Council, Groundwork and the Irwell Rivers Trust.

Manchester worker bee by Flickr user Joachim Baran

Trapped in techno-scientism; is this hindering our becoming an eco-city?

Nadine Andrews explores Manchester's ability to transform into an eco-city, by beginning at the beginning, with life.

Book review: The Battle for Sustainable Development

Steve Connor reviews the recently released 'England's Northwest and the Battle for Sustainable Development' by Walter Menzies.

Photograph by Jill Jennings

Is blue the new green?

Can Manchester become the capital of the north's waterways? What's the future for our rivers? Walter Menzies invites you to attend the 2014 Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum on 19 June to ask questions and share ideas.

Liverpool Arena

From a regenerated Mersey to global Atlantic Gateway

Walter Menzies, former CEO of The Mersey Basin Campaign introduces the latest projects from the Atlantic Gateway Partnership including plans to create a 'Landscape for Prosperity'.

Manchester cleans up its act with 14m windfall

Manchester's new Clean City initiative promises a greener city - but the council needs help from residents and community groups to make that a reality, writes Clare Wiley.

Responsible Tourism comes to Manchester

From Tripadvisor to Google Glass, the 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will explore the challenges and opportunities currently facing sustainable tourism, reports Clare Wiley.

Medlock in Daisy Nook Country Park via Flickr user Pedrik

Restoring the River Medlock

Mark Hillsdon looks at the efforts being made to rejuvenate and restore the River Medlock under the European Water Framework Directive.

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