Lincoln Square is set to become home to Manchester’s new peace garden in a £4m overhaul designed to make the neglected plaza a ‘calm space’ that symbolises regeneration after disaster. Both the council and surrounding landowners – many of whom are already refurbishing or rebuilding their properties – have put money into a brand new vision for the square and next door Brazennose Street. The town hall says it wants to make the run-down area, just off Albert Square, a ‘place to spend time in its own right’. Its own investment of £1.2m will create a new peace garden, which the council’s executive approved as a concept 18 months ago. That will replace the one removed from St Peter’s Square under its own huge revamp – and will see trees planted from the seeds of a Ginkgo tree damaged in the Hiroshima nuclear bomb that regrew the following year, intended to represent ‘the regeneration after the disaster, and of peace’.
Manchester Evening News 31st May 2018 read more »