City of Trees is an exciting movement initiated by the Oglesby Charitable Trust (Bruntwood’s sister charity) and the Community Forest Trust. This ambitious project aims to reinvigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by restoring underused woodland and planting a tree for every person that lives in the city region, within a generation. The City of Trees team will be hosting family-friendly activities linked with urban greening to reflect the themes of the Bruntwood garden.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) will be hosting a series of workshops and experiments in the garden, reflecting Manchester’s rich heritage. MOSI, located in Castlefield, is devoted to inspiring its visitors through ideas that change the world.
The garden’s designers & contractors behind The Bruntwood Experiment, Planit-IE and Hultons, will be holding workshops on how to create suspended plants like those featured in the garden. The aim is to bring people together through this activity and encourage them to green their homes and spaces by showing just how easy it is create these plants.
In partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays to win part of a prize fund of £40,000. Since 2005, 11,000 scripts have been entered with 21 winning productions being staged in 37 venues nationwide.
In the Bruntwood events space on Saturday, we will welcome BBC Front Row Presenter Kirsty Lang as she chairs a discussion on the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. She will be joined by award-winning actor Don Warrington and prize-winning playwrights James Fritz and Kendell Feaver, both of whom will see their plays performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre this Autumn.
Bruntwood is also a proud supporter of Knutsford Proms, who will be trailblazing one of their commissions in the garden ahead of the festival in September. The Knutsford Proms will be highlighting the 65th anniversary of Alan Turing’s trial in the garden by showcasing the latest Virtual Reality technology.