Friendly Fences at Dig the City

We don’t want fences to divide and separate, we want them to be fun!

Our Friendly Fences garden for Dig the City Manchester 2015 showed how boundaries can be adapted for play, experimentation and learning; as well as growing food, encouraging urban wildlife and injecting a whole heap of glorious colour.

During the event loads of you joined us to create insect hotels and bird feeders to hang in your own gardens, or make a seed bomb full of flowering plants to scramble up your fences with Dr Mike Hardman. Others used bike power to blend fruit smoothies or take on the water wall challenge. Damson also demonstrated cookery techniques and Amber Sanchez led lavender wand and badge-making activities.

Highlights of the event included a visit from garden designer Diarmuid Gavin who took on the pedal-powered water wall, courtesy of TfGM, which demonstrates the energy needed to push water through systems. The garden also received a silver-gilt award.

Friendly Faces was created by Belvedere Nursery, Lark Hill Primary School, St Paul’s Primary School, Pendleton Resident’s Association, the University of Salford, Salford City Council, and Keepmoat. Andrew Jeffay constructed the timber box wall. P-IE designed the garden to highlight the work of Pendleton Together, the various Council initiatives and community groups which work collectively to make Pendleton an increasingly better place to live. It celebrates the great role that outdoor spaces and parks play in bringing people together and encouraging community bonding.

Work is currently underway in Pendleton to reverse decline following years of under-investment. Phased regeneration proposals are transforming homes, community facilities, the public realm, parks and neighbourhood playscapes.

Pendleton Together initiatives typify social innovation and partnerships that can make a real difference to people’s everyday lives. We want to share the message of how communities need to be set at the heart of regeneration proposals.