Salford City Council has released a five minute video showcase filled with ariel shots of Salford's amazing green spaces to encourage more people to visit our Cities hidden gems.
The soaring drone footage highlights the amazing beauty these spaces hold, which sadly many don't even know exists.
In recent years there has been over £127m invested into projects such as the £10.2m Kersal Wetlands which serves the dual purpose of acting as a flood protection system for up to 14,000 homes and businesses around the river Irwell, as well as a wildlife sanctuary for water fowl and a handy place for locals to take a walk with their dogs.
In times of high river levels the Wetlands can capture and hold up to 650 million litres of water which is then released slowly as the river levels drop.
And also featured is Peel Park, one of the first public parks to be opened in the country in 1846. Peel Park was named in honour of our former Prime Minister and in 2013 the park was awarded £1.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the park to its former glory.
Salford has seven Green Flag Award winning parks and open spaces - a mark of excellence that recognises the best green spaces in the country.
Not only does Kersal have a new Wetlands but it also boasts historic moorland situated just across the road from Salford football club on moor lane. Kersal Moor is one of the oldest areas of human occupation in the city with archaeological finds dating it as far back as the Neolithic era. It offers fantastic scenery and is home to many animal and bird species as well as gorse and heather.
Further afield at the other end of Salford you can find local nature reserves which support a rich and vibrant variety of wildlife, one of which, Blackleach Country Park in Walkden, is as equally beautiful in summer as it is over the winter months, offering amazing views and trails for walkers and cyclists alike.
Salford is full of fantastic places to visit, you just have to get off the beaten track and explore a little.
One of the more recent attractions has been the work undertaken on the wonderful Worsley Delph which is stunningly beautiful in daylight but even more breathtaking as the sunlight dips and the atmospheric lighting illuminates the whole basin.
And of course who can forget the beautiful Worsley itself, with its woods and canal walks?
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
“We are very proud of our industrial past where we earned our nickname ‘dirty old town’ - but we also are proud of the investment in our precious greenspaces.
“The investment seen in our green spaces over the last 5-10 years is nothing short of a revolution in opening up new areas of nature and beauty to the public. As a city we are determined to focus on providing good quality public space as well as green solutions to issues like drainage and transport. It’s no surprise that Friends of the Earth has listed us as the greenest council in the North West!
“This aerial footage will surprise some people much green space we have in this city and hopefully encourage them to get out and explore them.
“We are doing all we can to move from the industrial past, transform the face of our city and bring green spaces to life. It is an exciting time to be a Salford resident.”
The video finishes with footage from RHS Garden Bridgewater which will open in 2020.