A brand new ‘living wall’ has recently been constructed at the Castlefield-Deansgate tram stop in Manchester.
The station now boasts a great panel of plants and wildflowers surrounded by extensive landscaping, offering a calm and peaceful environment for passengers who are waiting for the tram.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) developed the city’s new green oasis as part of their Metrolink expansion programme.
Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin, who was in the city for the annual Dig the City festival, told Key 103 News that Britain has a great climate for gardening. After a tour of the tram stop, he said: “What a fantastic entrance to Manchester Deansgate-Castlefield makes.
“It’s great to see something as functional as an urban tram stop transformed into a green space. The landscaping has clearly been at the heart of the design and it’s a great example of how, with a little thought, our public spaces can go green.
“I’m sure bringing nature in to the stop is brightening up the daily commute for tram passengers here in Manchester.”
Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director for TfGM added: “We’ve had fantastic feedback from passengers on the new-look Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop and it’s great to have Diarmuid give it his seal of approval too.
“We wanted the stop to really stand out and I think it’s fair to say we’ve achieved that. The living wall, trees, plants and sedum panels all come together to offer a unique, green and pleasing entrance to the city.”
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