Media City UK is the number one waterfront destination in Manchester. Media City is innovative in its combination of digital technology and communal leisure activities. As well as the BBC and ITV studios that reside there, ample opportunities are provided for watersports enthusiasts, avid learners and even gardeners. I've lived at Salford Quays now for nearly two years and I am quite used to the industrial yet horticultural surroundings of the Quays and Media City. To others who come to visit, I imagine it is quite a surreal little section of Salford, especially considering it was once a very poor area that functioned only for the sake of the Manchester docks.
The exotic plants that function as borders throughout the garden maintain the modern and innovative ambience of the area. The winding paths that lead you through the garden are accompanied by striking birch trees which keep it somewhat closed off from the hustle and bustle of the television studios. At a glance from the entrance, you would be hard pressed to point out many flowers within the garden. It is this reason that I love the layout so much, as it encourages you to hunt for hidden colour and accents. One somewhat hidden element in the garden is the Blue Peter Garden. It features a large statue of Petra, the first ever Blue Peter Pet, a pond and even the hand and footprints of past presenters in the concrete.
The garden provides a perfect haven for office workers, tourists and construction workers (who can usually be spotted in their high-vis jackets setting up something exciting for the telly). The aesthetic of Media City benefits greatly from its garden. Moreover, the group that owns the site consciously creates measures to develop sustainable energy sources that run the buildings, and a green travel infrastructure through its cycle routes and tram ways. Walking through the gardens at Media City really is breathtaking; the vivid colours and varied species that are found there are a pleasant reminder that beauty can be found even in the heart of such a traditionally industrial area.
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!