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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.

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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.

Barton road Corn Mill & Aqueduct & lock on River Irwell from Chetham Library's 1773 Mullineux Collection

Bringing life back to the Irwell

The river makes the city: Mark Hillsdon reports on the continued transformation of the River Irwell and the development plans that run along its course.

All Saints Park

Haven in the city: parks and squares

Architectural commentator, urbanist and curator Phil Griffin introduces some of his most engaging pieces of city centre Manchester, with the help of the Urban Sketchers group.

Atelier at Piccadilly Basin

Manchester: Capital of the North's waterways?

Walter Menzies heralds the arrival of the Manchester and Pennine Waterway Partnership which has launched this month at the Lowry in Salford Quays and introduces its forthcoming 'manifesto' for the waterways.

Perspectives Essay: Understanding Sustainability in GM

In this Perspectives Essay, Roger Milburn argues that we need to we need to change our behaviour so that sustainability is embedded into everything we do.

Evolutionary justice across England's Northwest

From the archives: When the land is neglected, communities fragment and when our natural capital is plundered, regional partnerships stand ready to step in and help communities to helpthemselves, through environmental improvement. Originally published in Industrial Evolution in 2002.

 

Julia Stansfield and Carine Van Schie of the Manchester Triathlon Club take to the waters of Salford Quays. Photo by Len Grant

Future flows and the clean up of our waterways

From a coast synonymous with trade, to a dense and sometime factory-lined network of canals and rivers, the waterways of England's Northwest tell the story of a troubled, industrial past. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and they are rapidly becoming a central part of the social, environmental and economic renewal of the region.

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