Gorton Community Butterfly Garden


Manchester City Council




Project Type

Community Garden



A collaboration with Manchester City Council and a local community group as part of the Hyde Road widening scheme resulted in the rejuvenation and bio-diversification of an overgrown garden area into a butterfly wildflower and memorial garden.

A woodland edge eco system was designed to extend from woodland around Gore brook into the butterfly garden with layers of woodland vegetation transitioning into the wildflower area. The habitat garden was developed in consultation with the local community group into a butterfly friendly wildflower meadow with new pathways and access points. The garden wildflower meadow was seeded and planted with perennials to create layers of colour,  texture and movement. Stone was reclaimed from a nearby dismantled wall to create a narrow stone path through the centre of the garden which divides the edge of the meadow from the close mown lawn area. Numerous trees were planted including birch, pine and prunus to create interest throughout the seasons and add to the biodiversity value of the project. The garden is also of great symbolic meaning, as it is the setting for memorial stones, located within a natural embrace, which commemorate the lives of local councillors no longer with us who championed Gorton and the garden for its community benefits.  For more information on the wider scheme please click here