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Pulling together for a green and blue city

Mark Hillsdon reports on the work of Manchester: A Certain Future's Green & Blue Infrastructure Group.

The Alternative? Incredible Edible Beer Garden, Eagle and Child

The Alternative? Elisa Burrai profiles the Incredible Edible Beer Garden at the Eagle and Child pub in Ramsbottom

Manchester Garden City - Victoria Street - courtesy of CityCo Manchester

Public Health and the Great Green Uplift of our Urban Ecosystem

'Would you favour schemes which maintain, improve, enhance and increase green space and waterways in and around Manchester?' Ask most people in Manchester this question and you’ll get an emphatic 'yes', of course. 

Saddleworth Community Hydro

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles a social investment to re-vitalise pre-existing technologies and assets.

Anne Selby of the Greater Manchester Natural Capital Group

Harnessing Greater Manchester's Natural Capital

As environmental commitments come under increasing pressure, Greater Manchester’s Natural Capital Group has been set up to help defend the green corner. Platform talks to its chair, Anne Selby.

Mapping for green growth across Old Trafford

Old Trafford resident and foodie activist Debbie Ellen reports on the inspiration local residents are taking from the city of New York in their bid to 'Grow Old Trafford'.

In place of growth, a steady state economy

A Manchester where all people can thrive without harming the planet? Mark Burton introduces the Steady State Manchester Project which argues for an alternative - and more sustainable - model to unfettered growth.

Grow With Wyre Forestry apprentices, Fahra Collins & Andy Jones, courtesy Forestry Commission / Isobel Cameron

Urban forestry and developing a green economy

The idea that jobs in forestry, forest products and woodland management could be a boon for the urban metropolis of Manchester appears counter-intuitive, but there's real growth in trees.

from space

Greater Manchester - the Natural Capital

Manchester today staged an event looking at the future of natural capital, with an emphasis on the measures being taken to protect biodiversity within the Greater Manchester conurbation.

Balloon flowers in city centre Manchester

The garden city of downtown Manchester

Simon Binns of Cityco explains the drive behind Dig the City and its ongoing success in turning the Heart of Manchester into a green oasis.

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