Roller Shutters from Grim to Gorgeous!

Things are starting in Gorse Hill, meetings are being held, planters viewed, designs being designed and compost ordered!

We have our locations picked out that we will focus the Better Together funding on – these are in addition to the roller shutters that will be decorated.

You can see the locations, along with an ideas board to let you see what we are aiming for: Gorse_Hill_site_locations__LA1

Exciting times ahead – the next activity is for residents to come and view the local Gorse Hill Primary School pupils’ designs and cast your votes for your favourites – the winning designs will grace the roller shutters.

Here are the Top 15 winning designs – I hope you spot your favourite. There are some beauties. Thanks to Target Cafe for hosting the art show and the 39 wonderful Gorse Hillians who came out to vote. The designs will now be passed to Unity Arts to be developed ready for the shop owners to choose the one they want on their shutter.

Spring has Sprung

Planting Day 3

The clocks went forward last night and I woke bright and early – course I did – to what can only be described as a spring morning. A week ago a troop of hardy volunteers gathered to start tackling the extensive areas in Gorse Hill that can – and will – be planted. Continue reading

Spring has (nearly) Sprung

Where has 2014 gone, as we whizz towards Spring it has been lovely to walk around Gorse Hill and see the fruits of our labour. As I cast my mind back to a very cold and wet November day and a gang of us get covered in mud planting thousands of bulbs it’s great to see those bulbs bursting through.

I can see irises, daffodils and tulips bursting through at the foot of trees on South Lonsdale St, I can see the beginnings of Sweet Peas appearing on Milton Rd and some daffodils appearing along Chester Rd – even some on the sad looking central island near the junction with Talbot Rd. We’ve made a start and we’ll do more with our planting day at the end of March (check out our Spring Planting Day post). Continue reading

Standing on the shoulders of giants

The last day of outdoor planting for the Gorgeous Gorse Hill gang started with hail; as the planned orchard planting day was a month further into winter and came two days after a huge storm I wasn’t feeling totally optimistic. But I was wrong. There it was the sun, no frozen ground – perfect tree planting weather.

The development of the community orchard has evolved through two Gorse Hill community projects – Gorgeous Gorse Hill and Project Buzz. Continue reading

An Apple a Day….

Well it’s December and the dark days and cold weather are no reason for to stop the onward march of gorgeousness in Gorse Hill. 

We’ve had some ups and downs since the last post. On the downside we were unsuccessful with one of our significant funding bids. This was funding towards the Street Art work on the shutters; it’s disappointing as this is a significant part of the project however it’s understandable with funding limited for community projects and charities you can understand funding decisions when you have to decide between projects that feed people and keep them well against a project that was to pretty up its local area. But that won’t put us off, we are waiting on the outcome of another funding application and we have found other sources of funding that we’re be exploring over the Festive period. Continue reading

Springing forward

Hail. No one really likes hail. But hail is what we got when we began planting over 1000 bulbs last Sunday. A dedicated band of us braved the elements to plant a wide variety of spring bulbs around Gorse Hill. It’s funny although the weather was ghastly (and it was) everyone seemed very cheery and for me the thought of seeing tulips, daffodils, crocuses and irises poking through next spring was a good motivator.

Watch out for them, they’ve been put around the bases of trees on streets, along parts of Chester Rd (around bushes and trees) and at the top of Talbot Rd. Continue reading

Autumn approaches and we make progress

The StartWow – well, it feels like a long time ago that I stood up in front of my fellow Traffordians to ask for their support for Gorgeous Gorse Hill.

It was quite a weekend when we won that funding, as the next day I went on to do 26 miles of the Manchester Bike Ride!

The project has really gained momentum since then, with growing interest from local residents and businesses. I feel very excited about it and think it has the opportunity to do a lot of good for Gorse Hill. If I’m honest I feel really passionate about it; every time a person joins the Facebook group or follows us on Twitter, I get a little thrill. Continue reading

What is Gorgeous Gorse Hill?

Gorgeous Gorse Hill is an initiative from the local by the local community to improve the local street-scene. We want to work with the community and businesses to identify and improve both developed and undeveloped space within Gorse Hill that has the potential to be made more “gorgeous” by community gardening and artwork.

We’ve already won funding through the Thrive Trafford funding pot and the first stage in our project is to brighten up Chester Road by working with local businesses to have the metal roller shutters painted. We know they are needed for security but they do make Gorse Hill look drab! We plan to work with a professional graffiti artist and local young people to co-produce designs and develop skills from design to implementation. Continue reading