An army of volunteers were on hand at this August to create floating islands. These island will help attract a raft of fauna and flora to the city centre canal.
The project is part of a move to increase the quality of the city’s green spaces and waterways. Breathing new life in to the area to create an attractive new space that would be otherwise underused.
Following a similar project in Boggart Hole Clough, the Bridgewater Basin will see six floating habitats launched into the water. This will support active ecosystems, improve biodiversity and water quality in the basin.
Working in partnership, Manchester City Council are BDP, Bridgewater Hall, Petersfield Group and the Friends of the Rochdale 9. They have enlisted international aquatic scientists from Biomatrix to design and build the floating green spaces.
Around 25 volunteers from Manchester City Council and the Friends of the Rochdale 9 will help create the islands. They will attract a range of new wildlife. Including bees, dragonflies and other insects. Below water the ecosystems will also attract a range of fish species.
Cllr Ollie Manco, Manchester City Council’s assistant executive member for environment, said: “We have an opportunity through our extensive city centre waterway network to really innovate. Especially underused areas, which can positively impact the city’s biodiversity and resilience to climate change. While also helping to create attractive and welcoming spaces within the city.
Andrew Bolt, CEO of The Bridgewater Hall, said: “I’m very pleased that the Bridgewater Hall will continue to be associated with this project.”
Anthony Simpson, Chair of Petersfield Group, said: “We see the Bridgewater Basin Greening Project bringing a green landscape into the heart of the Petersfield area. It has the potential to positively impact upon the experience of the many thousands of people who visit the area whilst also encouraging the spread native wildlife.”