Gorgeous Gorse Hill, based in Trafford, is a project made up of a group of local residents, working together to try and improve the local area for all – quite simply to make it gorgeous!

A number of local residents decided that they wanted to do something to try and improve the local area; a variety of ideas were suggested all of which were great, so they grouped together under the banner of “Gorgeous Gorse Hill”, and became a constituted group. The group started with a Cash 4 Graft award in 2013 and has come on leaps and bounds ever since.

Gorgeous Gorse Hill is based on improving the appearance of the local area through art and gardening but is broad enough to keep developing its remit. By engaging with residents of all ages to get involved in the initiative, the group decorated drab grey rollers, BT exchange boxes, safety railings, and other street furniture. They also planted flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit on waste ground, grass verges and unloved areas and developed a community orchard.

The group has made a huge improvement to the Gorse Hill area, brightening up streets and areas that were usually grey and colourless with hanging baskets outside of local shops and other decoration across Gorse Hill. In July 2014, the group were the winners of the Neighbourhood Improvement Award at the Manchester Evening News Environment Awards 2014 for their innovative and inspiring work in Gorse Hill, which got them recognised across Greater Manchester.

Ruth, a member of Gorgeous Gorse Hill, said: “I have lived in Gorse Hill for 14 years and was not particularly involved or engaged with the community. Since the start of the project I know more local residents than ever before and feel that I am making a valuable commitment to the community.”