Urban Wilderness

As a community partner, Longton Exchange Centre Manager, Chris Ward, has kindly been invited to join Urban Wilderness at Castlefield Viaduct to experience the historic installations and to start a conversation to help it become a green ‘sky park’ in the heart of Manchester. 

Castlefield Viaduct is a 330-metre long Grade II-listed viaduct that sits in Castlefield, the oldest part of the city of Manchester. It was built in 1892 by Heenan and Froude, (the engineers who worked on the iconic Blackpool Tower), the viaduct was used to carry heavy rail traffic in and out of the Great Northern Warehouse until 1969. 

Since then the viaduct stood unused and thanks to donations made by the local community and players of the people’s postcode lottery, there are plans to open it to the community; bringing life back into the derelict viaduct. 

Urban Wilderness has said “Working in partnership with the National Trust has been a great learning experience and we now have an installation ‘The Garden of Possibilities’ which we will be taking down in Jan and would love to bring to Stoke-on-Trent!”

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