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SALFORD CREATES POP UP PRIDE RAINBOW FLOWER BEDS
 

Star date: 13th June 2015

POP UP RAINBOW GARDENS TO BRIGHTEN UP THE CITY

This week, at the front of Victoria Park in Swinton, members of the community were busy planting a pop-up Rainbow Flower Bed to raise awareness and visibility of Salford's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The idea is for more pop-up beds to be planted around the city and Hassan from UNISON's LGBT group explained: "When I pass by on the bus each day the Rainbow Garden will remind me how fortunate I am to be free and not living in fear for who I am and what I believe in."

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Salford Rainbow Flag Flower Beds Salford Rainbow Flag Flower Beds
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Last Tuesday, a pop-up garden appeared at the front of Victoria Park in Swinton, featuring a re-creation of the Rainbow flag in flowers. It's all part of the Pride events that are happening across the region at the moment raising awareness and visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Members of Out In Salford, the Community Network, the LGBT Youth Group and Salford City UNISON's LGBT group helped to plant the flowers...

"It's a great way to demonstrate LGBT visibility during the Pride season whilst giving pleasure to the other citizens of Salford who use Victoria Park" explains Hassan Ortega of Salford City UNISON's LGBT Group.

"To be honest, when I was planting my flowers I was thinking of all the LGBT colleagues in the trade union and labour movement who have fought over the years for our rights at work and in wider society" he adds "I have friends and colleagues who have been tortured and are in prison abroad for being both LGBT and labour movement activists – so for me it's a visible reminder that I can't forget them or their contribution. When I pass by on the bus each day the Rainbow Garden will remind me how fortunate I am to be free and not living in fear for who I am and what I believe in."

It's hoped that more Rainbow Flag Flower Beds will pop up across the city over the summer months. The Victoria Park creation follows the first display at Charlestown's Beacon Centre by Salford's LGBT Youth Group. More are planned at Salford City College, Salix Homes' spaces and at the University of Salford, although the community is being encouraged to come up with other suitable places.

"Anywhere else we can do them just let us know, it could be a flower bed, a planter anything really" said Gemma Pagett, Salford Council's Community Cohesion Co-ordinator "Part of my role is looking at LGBT work that goes on across the city and this brings together different partners. It's about inclusion and engaging with the community, and we'll also be doing Manchester Pride."

While the project is being co-ordinated by Salford City Council, the pop up Rainbow Gardens are being funded by contributions from the partners involved, which have ranged from £50 to £500. 

"It's a little celebration in flowers" says Hassan "It should be an annual event..."

If anyone wants to suggest a site for a pop up Rainbow Flag Flower Bed contact Gemma.Pagett@salford.gov.uk

Michael F in SalFord wrote
at 11:08:07 on 16 June 2015
A big Thank You to all volunteers that make such good things happen in Salford. I hope Greater Manchester Mayor will add his praise across GM Councils with the people's message that Salford is The Inclusive City.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 22:14:37 on 15 June 2015
See Fat Edge of the Wedge's comment below... As far as we know the Council is not funding this project, as the article makes clear. It's funded by `partners' putting in contributions.
 
The Fat End of The Wedge wrote
at 22:11:37 on 15 June 2015
Just wondering who is funding this, as I am told there is no funding for street planters, and parks have been stripped of flowers. Is it Council funded? Victoria Park did always seem to be an exception, and it is of course the closest park to the Civic Centre.
 
em3 wrote
at 21:08:52 on 14 June 2015
Absolutely Alice - love and respect in a civilised world. Thanks to the Salford Star for this promotion.
 
Alice wrote
at 08:27:41 on 14 June 2015
Excellent. What a beautiful way to announce to the world that your right to liberty and respect should be unquestioned. Also can I take this opportunity to say to everyone who is thinking of concreting their garden. Don't. Just get some free wild flowers seeds from the Kew Garden lottery project called 'Grow Wild' and plant them. Help the bees to save our fruit, to make honey and save us from extinction. I am all for 'flower power.'
 
Bill Rowling wrote
at 07:11:47 on 14 June 2015
Nice to plant flowers but to promote this kind of ptomotion of perversion is wrong.
 
em3 wrote
at 16:33:25 on 13 June 2015
Great idea + well done that parky Martin!!
 
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