Gardening club volunteers have been thanked for brightening up two Salford locations.
The Peel Park volunteers recently completed a course in sustainable urban planting and, as part of their coursework, were asked to design and plan a number of flower beds.
Four of the circular beds in the quatrefoil shaped planting areas at Peel Park’s historic core and two empty L shaped flower beds outside Salford Civic Centre in Swinton were chosen.
Volunteers were asked to submit two linked designs to fill the circles and one for the Civic Centre using all year-round colour from perennial herbaceous and bee-friendly plants. The inner circle is filled with annual bedding plants as in Victorian times.
Salford City Council staff chose designs from Jamie Turner and Wendy Kelly and a joint design between Laura Clavin and Jamie Turner and gave feedback to the volunteers.
The volunteers have also been funded to do other training courses including Level One City and Guilds practical horticultural certificates thanks to the Heritage Lottery funding for Peel Park
Jamie, who hopes to work in wildlife conservation, joined the club earlier this year to get hands on experience.
“I always loved gardening and never had the chance to expand my knowledge until I joined the Peel Park Gardening club. I was eager to see what I could come up with when asked to design a flower bed for the Civic Centre,” he said.
“It is a real honour to say that I contributed to making a central hub of a community look a little bit more colourful and interesting and great for bees. I have enjoyed the courses and experiences so much that I am even considering going into a horticulturally based career.”
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said the original design for the park was chosen from a competition won by Joshua Major and son, landscape gardeners from Leeds.
“Our volunteers do a fantastic job helping our staff to maintain and enhance Salford’s parks and green spaces which have been appreciated even more this year,”
Salford City Council has confirmed that the small-scale trial of Direct LAMP saliva testing has ended and that it is now one of 93 areas which have signed up to roll out locally led testing using lateral flow technology. Thousands of these lateral flow tests will be made available to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic people in Salford.
Since September the cases of COVID-19 increased rapidly within Salford and across the region as well as nationwide, meaning that Salford City Council has focused resources on managing outbreaks and containment of the virus.
Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a high proportion of asymptomatic people, better enabling local authorities to identify and isolate more people who are infectious and at high likelihood of spreading the virus. Swabbing and processing of these tests is conducted on-site by trained staff – making it more suited to targeted and more widely available community testing. The use of Lateral Flow testing is being explored by all Greater Manchester authorities working together where appropriate.
Salford has remained committed to increasing community testing to reduce transmission of the virus for the future. The Department of Health and Social Care has expressed thanks to Salford City Council for being early adopters of one of NHS Test and Trace’s mass testing pilots. The small-scale saliva testing pilot work in Salford increased understanding of the use of direct LAMP in asymptomatic testing.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said
Broken hearts and mended hearts with messages of hope are being shared across Salford to encourage men and women experiencing domestic abuse to seek help.
The campaign, which will run on social media, signposts people to organisations which can help them and also shares messages from real survivors.
Each one has spoken directly from the heart to anyone experiencing domestic abuse, reassuring them that they will be believed and helped if they speak up and showing it is possible to go on to enjoy a new life.
The messages are part of a global campaign, 16 Days of Action, to raise awareness of the issue and the range of help available. The campaign says 25 per cent of women and 16 per cent of men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said:
A spokeswoman for Salford Independent Domestic Advice Service (SIDASS) said:
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and want to speak to someone about it you can contact the 24/7 national helpline (which also has translators for people whose first language is not English) on 0808 2000 247 or see www.salford.gov.uk/domesticabuse
Plans for one of Salford’s major roads are now open for a three-week consultation.
Salford City Council is proposing new cycling and pedestrian improvements to Oldfield Road, which runs from Ordsall, across Regent Road and up to Chapel Street.
The scheme would include a cycle lane all the way from Chapel Street to Regent Road, separate from traffic and a CYCLOPS junction at the junction of Liverpool Street and Middlewood Street which keeps pedestrians and cyclists separate from traffic and gives them a signal controlled route through the junction.
Other crossings would be improved and new paving, street furniture, lighting, trees, rain gardens and wildflower grasses added. There are plans for loading bays for local businesses and limited waiting parking bays with restrictions to keep cycleways and footpaths clear, electric vehicle charging points and cycling parking stands and repair hubs.
Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council said:
Salford City Council is working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the proposals and public comments will support a full business case submission to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to secure funding to for the scheme.
The consultation runs from October 26 to November 16 and you can have your say online via the Commonplace website oldfieldroadcorridor.commonplace.is or via Salford City Council’s website www.salford.gov.uk/mcf by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to FAO Oldfield Road Corridor, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ.