Peach House at Croxteth Park, p Liverpool City Council

The Peach House is in need of some TLC. Credit: via Liverpool City Council


PEACHY… Liverpool City Council has secured funding to upgrade the Peach House in Croxteth Hall’s walled garden as part of a plan to create a permanent home for the city’s botanical collection. The collection features thousands of different plants, including orchids, ferns, begonia, tropical species, and, one can only assume, peaches.

The overall ambition is for Liverpool’s Botanical Collection to become a centre of horticultural excellence by establishing key collaborations with Kew Gardens, RHS Garden Bridgewater, and local botanical organisations such as the Eden Project North.

MIC NIGHT… Morgan Sindall’s famous open mic night is returning to Manchester for the first time since before the pandemic years. It has been a Liverpool-only affair in recent years, taking over the Cavern Club annually but the construction firm is making its return to Manchester this June at Band on the Wall. If watching some of the region’s property professionals making sweet, sweet music while raising money for charity is your sort of thing, get your tickets now!

Whittling, p via Influential

Whittling is one of the activities on offer. Credit: via Influential

NOMA… Fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of weekday existence? Head to NOMA. The neighbourhood’s asset manager MEPC has launched a new concept aimed at “providing relief from the fast-paced, demanding culture that we’ve all become so used to”. Altogether Otherwise is described as a hobby house and ever-changing workshop providing users with a space to explore new activities.  The venture is the latest offering from creative urbanist Ben Young and will see a former disused printing house on Hanover Street transformed into a 6,500 sq ft community space.  “Altogether Otherwise provides an escape from the results-orientated efficiency that has infiltrated every part of our lives,” Young said.

“We’re providing a place to simply be, without having to justify or account for ourselves. The hobbies we encourage are free-wheeling pursuits of aimless pleasure which act as a much-needed salve for a world dominated by achievement.”

In a world obsessed with social value, this ticks more than a few boxes.

Credit: via Blakeney Group

MTV… Manchester is on a roll. Last year, the Chanel fashion show dominated the headlines as A-listers braved the slick Northern Quarter cobbles to watch people in funny clothes strut. In a bid to top that, the city has now bagged the MTV Europe Music Awards, which will be held at Co-op Live in November, news that is sure to annoy the good people at the rival AO Arena. Manchester joins an illustrious list of cities to have hosted the awards – joining the ranks of Paris, Berlin, Budapest, and, 16 years ago, Liverpool.

Mytham Primary School Visit to Creams Mill, Watson Homes, p Rumpus

Mytham Primary School kids paid Watson Homes’ Creams Mill a visit. Credit: via Rumpus PR

KIDDING AROUND… Are we a sucker for photos of cute kids in hard hats at Place? Yes, yes we are. And it doesn’t get much more adorable than this pic from Mytham Primary School’s visit to Watson Homes Creams Mill development in Bolton. The kids were more than just visitors of the 225-home neighbourhood – they named four of the new development’s streets. Drawing inspiration from the animals found around the site the streets are forevermore to be known as Woodpecker Road, Owl Place, Dragonfly Court, and Deer Lane. Cute.

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Whittling ??? seriously , no words

By Paul

MTV music awards yay for Manchester! …I won’t go though, I’m too old and they’d laugh at me. Also I’m not invited. But whittling that’s more like it, I’ve done things with sticks that would make a vicar blush, creativity is the key, a good sharp knife and no fear of ridicule which I have in spades. I would recommend it.

By Curious George

MTV awards Europe… well done Manchester

By Anonymous

I’ve been to the Peach House and the Walled Garden of Croxteth Hall many times. It’s a beautiful and enchanting slice of the past and is worth saving. Well done, to whoever had the foresight to preserve this unique building.

By LordLiverpool

You couldn’t get a much better coup for a newly built arena. Impressive.

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