The hidden forest behind a city centre shop front - offering FREE plants

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Walking through St Ann’s square, it’s easy to get lost in the the chatter of voices and the rumble of background traffic.

But walk into ‘In Our Nature’ pop-up shop and suddenly, you’ve been transported to a forest.

Described as an ‘immersive experience’ – behind an unsuspecting shop front – is a space taken over by plants, with bark chippings crunching underfoot and birds tweeting around your head.

Part of the Manchester climate change programme, the shop has been designed as a haven, away from the busy city life, allowing people to take a moment to appreciate the importance of nature.

It’s also aimed at inspiring people to get involved with climate projects.

© Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Dance through nature and fight the climate! The immersive experience is open until Sunday 17

Visitors can can relax among the plants and listen to music created from the nature sounds of Moss Side.

On Sunday (October 17), the final day of the exhibition, the shop will be giving away all of the plants to customers, with instructions on how best to care for them.

The epicentre of this pop-up is a sound installation – ‘The Sound of Manchester’s Nature’ – created in collaboration with artist and composer Jason Singh and Manchester’s spoken word collective Young Identity.

By attaching sensors to the bark of trees and the leaves of plants, Jason used augmented reality techniques to create the music of nature in Moss Side which can be listened to in the shop.

© Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Plants available to take home on Sunday

Customers can even vote on their favourite ‘song’ of nature, with the winner being made available on Soundcloud.

Jason said: “People and nature are an endless source of inspiration for me.

“This project has been a wonderful exploration of poetry, technology, landscape and nature. Manchester is a huge part of my life and I truly love both the wide range of people that inhabit all parts of the city as well as the landscape that makes Manchester what it is.

“This new installation celebrates peoples’ connection with nature as well as thinking about the surroundings in which we live, work and play. It has been an absolute pleasure working on In Our Nature.”

© Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Experience the nature sounds of Moss Side, download an app and listen to the trees

In Our Nature exists to build creative and lasting solutions to the climate crisis, from greening alleyways in Moss Side to offering toolkits and resources to help lead a greener lifestyle.

Lisa Lingard, Community lead at Manchester Climate Change Agency, said: “Nature plays a central part in helping the city fight the climate crisis.

“Plants and trees are brilliant at soaking up the carbon emissions that lead to extreme weather and help cool urban areas in hot weather.

“It’s wonderful to see people across Manchester coming together for the good of the planet, and we’re excited to inspire more people to join as they visit this beautiful nature experience.”

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