VIDEO | Overview of the Sky Park of the Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester

Find out what to expect from the brand new National Trust garden, which visitors can explore on their own from July 30, in the video above. The video begins with a timelapse of construction, with the final footage of the park starting around 0:40.

As seen in the video, over 3,000 plants have transformed the 2-listed Castlefield Viaduct into a lush oasis. MC Construction brought the garden to life according to plans designed by Twelve Architects.

The £1.8million sky park will be open for 12 months and is 330m long. If it proves popular and the £25million needed for funding can be secured, the park could become a permanent fixture in Manchester.

National Trust chief executive Hilary McGrady expressed enthusiasm for the temporary park.

“What I love about this space is that it encapsulates a lot of the work of the Trust: opening up our common heritage for everyone to enjoy, creating beautiful spaces and connecting people with nature,” said she declared.

“It’s about creating something new for the community, while protecting an iconic piece of industrial history.

“We hope hundreds of people will visit and enjoy spending time in nature among the trees, shrubs and wildlife that are already beginning to call this space home,” McGrady continued.

“We will also be able to learn from this project and really start to better understand what and how we can bring more green space and wildlife to thousands more people across the country in urban spaces.”

MC Construction Group Operations Director Russ Forshaw said: “It has been a great pleasure to partner with National Trust and key stakeholders involved in the project to turn the historic unused space into a green oasis, which will support economic growth and social well-being. of the local community of Castlefield and beyond.

“Regenerating the disused Grade 2 listed viaduct that has dominated historic Castlefield for over 125 years has been no easy task. I am delighted with the end result and am incredibly proud of the team who have worked tirelessly over the past two months to bring the National Trust’s vision to life.

Visitors will need to book their visit to Castlefield Viaduct in advance on the National Trust website. Tickets are free, but necessary as weight restrictions mean only 100 guests can visit per day. Reservations can be made up to four weeks in advance.

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