Armchair Walks explore the changing role of green space, Art Gene

  • North West, Online
  • art, architecture, environment
  • Anna Litchfield


Extreme  Views - Armchair Walks 

Barrow Park to Lesh Lane

Art Gene invites you to join artists, architects, naturalists, and landscape designers on an online tour through Barrow-in-Furness with artist Owen Griffiths.

Three distinct chapters focus on the various roles of green spaces within the town, on topics including biodiversity, green pockets, health & wellbeing, climate crisis, and the potential futures for these places.

Chapter 1 – Barrow Park, Wednesday 29 July 5:30 – 6:30pm

The first site will focus on civic space, looking at the history and significance of parks, urban landscapes and utopias- as well as the role of civic spaces in the time of COVID-19 and climate crisis. Are these civic spaces a kind of neo-commons, a crucial space to deal with issues of wellbeing and health as well as green pockets which help capture carbon?

Chapter 2 – Green Corridor, Wednesday 5 August 5:30 – 6:30pm

We’ll be looking at the possibilities of the site from a biodiversity and usership perspective, looking at what grows there now – its geological history as once part of the outwash channel.  This site is mixed use but is largely a blank canvas, in need of protection as a significant green corridor and public space.

 Chapter 3 – Lesh Lane, Wednesday 12 August 5:30 – 6:30pm

The final site is a suburban green space in the midst of a post war housing landscape. The site could be identified as ‘SLOP’ (Space Left Over After Planning), and was earmarked for future development. The site is largely unused by the homes surrounding it, without desire lines or activities taking place. However this site contains a natural wetland which could support a range species and flora and fauna due to the clay content in the soil.

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