I want to be a Community Leader

One of the wonderful John Shuttleworth’s creations pokes gentle fun at those of us who get involved in community activism. Community leader is not one that sits well with me, I see Gorgeous Gorse Hill as a team working to improve our area with the consensus and support of our fellow residents. One of my greatest fears is that our gorgeous vision is not one of the majority of the community.

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Summer Beauty

Wow we’ve been busy in Gorse Hill the past few weeks; we’ve certainly taken advantage of this glorious weather.

One of the most wonderful things that has happened is that the BT exchange boxes have been decorated – I’ve secretly been looking forward to this the most but it felt like we were waiting a lifetime for the designs to be signed off by BT. But now they are in place our marvellous artist Rob did such a good job interpreting Gorse Hill Scouts designs the boxes have really caused a buzz! (sorry)BeeHere’s a taste of the designs but you can find them all on our new interactive map, the map has the locations of the boxes plus areas of planting – this map will continue to grow and develop as our work grows and develops. Continue reading

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.

Gorgeous Gorse Hill needs you!


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.


We need your votes!
Help make Gorse Hill gorgeous!

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