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Stepping Stones

How it started...

Ardwick is one of the most deprived areas in the country, seeing little action to retain its diminishing green spaces. This has contributed to the local area seeing a loss of around 65% of local biodiversity. Ardwick Climate Action’s aims are to regenerate and rewild areas for the community, offering a series of green spaces that serve to educate and engage local people.

Ardwick Stepping Stones will establish connected green spaces between the city centre and the University of Manchester, creating new and improved habits for nature and people. The project will see residents and local groups engaged in a series of events which also highlight wider environmental concerns and raise awareness of the climate emergency.

The Projects

Site-wide Initiatives

Signage for  Sites


Each site will receive digitally interactive signage designed by a local artist in partnership with The Museum of Manchester and The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Using QR codes and translated into over 20 languages for the communities diverse population, visitors to the sites will be able access an array of information on a site-by-site basis. All signage will highlight our partners involved, The Museum of Manchester, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council and provide steps to the museum in both human and dinosaur steps. The aim is increase local participation with the establishment and highlight the museum’s new direction to help social causes, diversity and inclusivity.

Community Tool Hire


Ardwick Climate Action have identified a major barrier to uptake in local green spaces. Lack of access to equipment due to economic barriers is key reason for lack of community engagement. To mitigate this, we will be establishing a community tool hire shop, allowing local residents to access tools for free.

Communal Compost Bins


Communal compost bins will be placed at each site for work and residents. This will also have carbon capture properties and aid in mitigating carbon emissions by not taking waste off site.

Bird and Bat Boxes


Bird and bat boxes will be constructed by the community and university volunteers and placed at all sites to increase local biodiversity. Monitoring on its effects is planned.

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