The Gorgeous Gorse Hill project is a group of local residents, who are working together to try and improve the local area for all – quite simply to make it gorgeous!

Gorse Hill is a suburb of Manchester. Within its boundaries sits Manchester United’s football ground and Lancashire County’s Cricket Ground. The area sits on the A56 and has approximately 8000 residents.

A number of local residents decided that we wanted to do something to try and improve the local area; a variety of ideas were suggested all of which were great, so we felt it made sense to group them together under the banner of “Gorgeous Gorse Hill”, and become a constituted group.

Gorgeous Gorse Hill is based on improving the appearance of the local area through art and gardening but is broad enough to keep developing its remit.

The initial three stages are:

Art – using images developed by local children based on the theme of nature (local flora and fauna), to paint the roller shutters around the area (of which there are well over 20) and the Openreach Exchange Boxes (see similar project here). We are also exploring opportunities to decorate the extensive safety railings that run along many roads in the area.

Plants and Flowers – there are large areas of waste ground, neglected flower beds and grass verges throughout Gorse Hill. We hope to develop these into sustainable, insect friendly and colourful flower and plant beds. In addition we hope to explore the options for adding planters on to railings and drab areas of ground throughout the area.

Fruit Trees – In conjunction with the Project Buzz initiative, a community orchard is being developed; this will provide an opportunity for local residents to grow and harvest their own local fruit.

We have received some initial funding from the Thrive Trafford scheme but we are exploring other funding options including community funding schemes, local business partnerships, donations and sponsorship.

If you are interested in getting involved in the project or would like to know more please email: gorgeousgorsehill@gmail.com, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter.

Together we can make Gorse Hill Gorgeous!

Ruth Hannan – Gorgeous Gorse Hill Project Lead