Looking for Eden – a celebration of our local landscape

28 May 2020

Throughout 2019 groups of talented photographers and writers visited the mosses, wetlands and waterways in Wigan, Salford and Warrington.  They found inspiration in the local history, wildlife and landscapes of these post-industrial sites, resulting in a stunning publication: Looking for Eden. 

At a time when many of us can’t get out as much as we want to, Looking for Eden provides a welcome taste of these environmentally important areas. 

The stunning photography and absorbing creative writing remind us of what it is like to explore these landscapes, of their historical significance and why the restoration of these areas is of vital importance in the future in tackling the climate emergency.

The collection has been created by local community members and professional artists as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Carbon Landscape project.  Our Carbon Landscapes are local green spaces that have been altered by industry.  Through sharing their own interpretations of these landscapes the writers and photographers have added to our understanding of what makes these places special.

Sandra Hardingham from Leonard Cheshire comments; "Every young person found ways to take photos that were original and thoughtful and captured shapes, colours and scenes that might have been missed by others"

Miranda Clarke from City of Trees said "The project has been a great opportunity to explore nearby landscapes with local communities who were sometimes visiting for the first time, discovering what is on their doorstep.  Some participants were also taking photographs for the first time and have now developed this as a regular hobby – discovering new ways of enjoying our green spaces is a great outcome for this piece of work".

To view Looking for Eden click on the link below.  Many thanks to all contributors who have generously shared their work.