Pomona Island sits in a precarious situation, as the land is privately owned by one of the North of England’s largest development companies, and it has strategic plans to develop city centre apartments rather than conserve sites of ecological importance. From an urban industrial residual space, deeply rooted in its historical and political context, Pomona has evolved new ecologies to become an important habitat for new species of plants and wildlife. The use of the site over many years has seen transitions from high industrial usage, as a main port connecting Manchester to the rest of the world, to a post-industrial wasteland. As the politics of place and the city changed it became an EU funded leisure facility. Then, as it again became an abandoned site, it became a paradise for nature and migrating birds who made Pomona their home.
Pomona Strand, Stretford, Manchester M16 0TT, Manchester, UK
The Peel Group is controlled by the Billown Trust, which is based in the Isle of Man. The remainder of the Group is owned by the Olayan Group, a private global enterprise comprising 50 companies and affiliated businesses engaged in distribution, manufacturing, services and investment in Saudi Arabia. It operates or actively participates in more than 40 countries, often in partnership with leading multinationals. <link http://peelgroup.global>http://peelgroup.global</link>
Brownfield site currently under development
Can be accessed from Pomona Tram stop or from Cornbrook Tram stop. When entering Pomona from Cornbrook take the path at the side of the scrap metal yard, as you approach the gate at the end of the dead end road you will see a gap in the fence where you can access the island. This is a public footpath that leads to the canal and footpath.