Every day from Friday 11th to Thursday 24th February, a post (sometimes two) will appear on this site, to celebrate the Republic of Newtonia – a brief occupation of a site in Hulme in defence of Abbey Pond (near the Old Abbey Taphouse). In 1994, local people and environmental activists tried to stop the Council and the Science Park from filling in the much-loved pond. If you were there, and want to share your memories (and any photos or other material) please do get in touch via mcmonthly@manchesterclimatemonthly or on Twitter – @mcr_climate
Also, on Thurs 24th, the 28th anniversary of the Pond’s destruction, there is an online meeting, from 7.30pm, bringing together people who were at the Republic of Newtonia with campaigners defending green spaces now. You can book here (it’s free).
“The Abbey Pond Protesters are inviting local people to a candlelit vigil around the pond at 6pm today. (Saturday) They have been invited to bring their own candles. The pond dwellers will supply fire torches and music. Yesterday they were visited by 150 children from local schools who floated paper boats in the water, painted banners, and decorated the trees with paper newts.”