PwC dig deep to boost city centre growth

Published: 30 May 2014

On Friday 16 May, 24 volunteers from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) took part in a Manchester Garden City Tidy Up event on Victoria Street, organised by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork and funded by CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company and PwC.

A high profile city centre project, the site on Victoria Street was initially created at the inaugural ‘Dig the City’ in 2012. This urban garden, which is home to the city centre’s first children’s playground and more than 20 ‘Grow Boxes’ planters, is part of a prime piece of public realm outside Manchester Cathedral.

Organisers of the event, Groundwork, work alongside local communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to support communities in need. It also helps people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, build skills and job prospects and live and work in a greener way. PwC has a national partnership with Groundwork, with the Victoria Street volunteering project just one of their CSR activities across the country. Sean Harkin, National Trust Gardener in Residence in Manchester, also attended the day’s events.

The event was run as part of the Manchester Garden City initiative, formed by Manchester-based architects BDP in partnership with CityCo, as a real grass roots movement involving residents and businesses to realise the vision of Manchester city centre as a truly green, healthy and vibrant place to live and work. In addition to the Victoria Street site, a number of schemes have been completed in Piccadilly Basin, Northern Quarter, Castlefield and by the River Irwell.

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