Gorgeous Gorse Hill needs you!

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We’ve been shortlisted to win a £25,000 Together Mutual Insurance / Manchester Evening News / Groundwork community competition.

We aim to improve Gorse Hill through art and gardening:

  • Working with local children to paint roller shutters and BT boxes
  • Planting fruit, veg, flowers and herbs in every available space

Go to www.togethermutualinsurance.co.uk/better and vote for Gorgeous Gorse Hill. Each person can vote once per day so please keep voting daily, entries close 11th April.

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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