A ‘not so secret garden’ is launching in the heart of Altrincham

Stamford Square will be transformed into a green suburban oasis with cover and al fresco seating areas centred around a solar-powered pergola
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The Stamford Quarter is set to welcome a new addition to Stamford Square as Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council reveal plans for a new temporary community space set to arrive on 4th June.

The “Not So Secret Garden” will create a beautiful new social hub in the heart of Altrincham for the next six months, with sustainability at the heart of it. 

Stamford Square will be transformed into a green suburban oasis with cover and al fresco seating areas centred around a solar-powered  pergola, complete with seating, festoon lighting and a lush flower wall.

The space will take over the whole of the Square, joining Stutter and Twitch to further animate this previously under-used part of Altrincham town centre, and providing a new green public space for shoppers, families and visitors to enjoy.

Sustainability, well being and community are at the centre of the concept and the Not So Secret Garden will be a hub of activity with a rolling programme of workshops and events centered around those values.

There’ll be live music every Friday from Stutter and Twitch, free fitness sessions with Orange Theory, regular sustainability and wellness workshops including foraging events by Into the Wild, sustainability workshops with Inch Arts,  a regular “Art Jam” and a rolling programme of  family friendly and childrens’ activity.

Additional independent street food traders will be popping up at the Not So Secret Garden on a weekly basis too, creating an ever-changing menu of incredible food and drink.

The whole space has been designed with sustainability and well-being in mind – built with reclaimed and recycled materials, lit by solar-powered festoon lighting, surrounded by air-cleaning greenery,  and sustained with harvested rainwater, it will be a peaceful place to sit, relax, learn, eat, drink and just hang out. 

Photo: Jody Hartley

“The arrival of the Not So Secret Garden marks part of Bruntwood Works’ and Trafford Council’s ambitions to reshape the high street in Altrincham, which includes creating a community-focussed, multifaceted public square at the heart of the Stamford Quarter destination,” said Andrea George, director of town centres and consumer brands.

“The Not So Secret Garden is central to this, bringing our vision for community, sustainability and wellbeing together with an activation designed to support the whole Altincham community – from the businesses in the Stamford Quarter to residents.”

The Not So Secret Garden will provide a huge boost to the centre of Altrincham and Stamford Square in particular, said Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and gegeneration.

“This beautiful new green and sustainable public space will be an oasis for shoppers, families and visitors and supports Trafford Council’s priorities to create successful and thriving places, being green and connected and having pride in our areas,” he said.

The new vision for the Stamford Quarter is to transform the area into a mixed-use destination that continues to benefit the overall Altrincham regeneration, making it an amazing place to live, work and play for local families and the wider community.

The community can now have their say on the proposed masterplan here.

The Not So Secret Garden launches on Friday 4th June with a programme of community workshops and events including family-focused pizza workshops with Into the Wild, Orange Theory Fitness session and live cookery demos by local food legend Robert Owen Brown, chef proprietor of The Hinchliffe Arms and regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet.

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