Visitors were able to take a stroll down our Bus Stop Boulevard at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park this year. Supported by Transport for Greater Manchester, five local communities and designers in the Greater Manchester area decorated and greened-up our very own bus shelters.
Giving a healthy dash of green, and taking inspiration from our Greening Grey Britain campaign the bus stops were about inspiring others to get growing and celebrating community, culture and people. Show-goers could sit at our very own Bus Bar, sit on a deck chair and pick their favourite greened-up bus stop!
Growing Oldham, Feeding Ambition
Designer: Incredible Futures Oldham, Silvie Rackham, Nikki Davies
Vertical panels of edible plants including salad leaves, herbs and vegetables illustrated just how many edibles can be grown in a small vertical space. All the plants were grown or propagated by members of Incredible Futures Oldham, a social enterprise that aims to help the people of Oldham by utilising renewable energy to power community buildings.
A solar-powered fridge, gaining energy from panels on the roof, represented The Real Junk Food Project Oldham. The group is part of a movement to challenge, highlight and ultimately eradicate food waste. Instructions for growing food easily at home are on offer from the bus shelter as well as recipes linked to the contents of the fridge.
Nebulus – All Is Not Lost
Designer: Peter Foster
This sci-fi-inspired, pod-like station from the future has long been forgotten and nature has started to reclaim it. It featured a docking station and a robot poised in standby mode with a gesture towards the ‘nebulus’ insignia. Low-maintenance plants grew in containers more usually associated with technology.
Pride in Manchester
Designer: Frazer Letman
Manchester is a beacon for the LGBT+ community and has a vibrant and important Queer history. This bus stop aimed to recreate the rainbow hues of the Pride flag with horizontal shelves of flowers. Grasses and flowers popular with pollinators were a fitting statement of support for the LGBT+ community and also paid tribute to those who have sadly been lost.
Growing Seeds of Inspiration
Designer: Robert Docherty
Supporter: Green-Tech, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Liz Cole (Horticulture), The Whitworth
Inspired by the wonderful art and gardens of Manchester’s Whitworth, the bus stop was reimagined as a fun, thought-provoking mini art gallery and garden. The idea came about through the designer’s volunteering at the Whitworth and the connections forged through that. The design suggested the link between art, gardening and design. Features included ivy screens and planting inspired by the fantastic Whitworth gardens. The colourful panels and planter decoration referenced the Whitworth’s textile and wallpaper collections. Artwork included items produced through Whitworth wellbeing programmes.
Peel Back Time
Designers: Salford City Council and Urban Vision with support from Friends of Peel Park
Sponsors: Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, Salford City Council
This heritage-style bus stop showcased elements of Peel Park, Salford, including illustrations of the park on display at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Key design features, such as teardrop and quatrefoil planting beds, were incorporated as well as bespoke planters, seating and outdoor games. Cottage garden plants from the park’s original design grew alongside contemporary plant choices. Heritage gardening tools and excerpts from the original park keeper’s journal could be found inside. The plants were donated back to the community once the show was over.