Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gardens Should Be Beautiful Part of City ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gardens Should Be Beautiful Part of City ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

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I WAS born in Manchester in the 1940s and lived there for 20 years, so I know quite well how Piccadilly Gardens used to look.

When I saw what the council did to the beautiful gardens - felling cherry trees, making what was a little haven in the city centre into a concrete expanse with no style and definitely no environmental amenities - I was, in common with so many of your readers, appalled.

So I am delighted that your campaign to restore this bleak area to something like what it used to be is being supported by the council.

In your piece, Sir Richard Leese warns us not to get 'conned by a myth of what Piccadilly Gardens looked like 30 to 40 years ago' - of course, if maintenance is poor, any area, whether planted and semi- natural, or concrete, will deteriorate. One wonders why this degradation was ever allowed to happen in the centre of a major city.

It would be wonderful to see the gardens become a green oasis again. I have asked the council to commission an environmentally- minded designer who will build a garden which will attract wildlife.

Birds and other creatures are hard pressed enough as humankind takes over every available space, leaving them nowhere to live.

I hope readers will support my request that the planting be native.

Creating a 'park style' garden, with sterile bedding plants, will not feed the insects and birds.

They need berry-bearing shrubs and trees and pollen/nectar-rich flowers will feed the bees - they are declining, due to loss of habitat, food and the widespread use of herbicides.

Let us hope that herbicides will not be used on the new garden. This could be a beautiful and environmentally-friendly part of the city. Had I known about the petition I would have signed too, as a former resident of this great city.

L M Hussenbux, Wirral Make a mess, clean it up!

REGARDING Piccadilly Gardens.

That is just what it says on the tin: Gardens.

We do not want bars and restaurants there. They are just moneymaking ideas.

There are enough eating places in the city centre. All we need are some lovely gardens with seating areas, plenty of colourful plants, and a grassed area in the centre. Having said that it will have to have regular maintenance every day, as it will end up as a dumping ground for bottles, cans and takeaway cartons in among the flower beds. …

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