Manchester City Council

Project Adventure Logo

Manchester City Council - Project Adventure Logo

Countryscape developed a logo to help promote Project Adventure (2007): a summer play programme for 8 to 14 year olds, organised in parks across Manchester. The project provided opportunities for young people to experience adventurous and challenging outdoor activities, including den building, wilderness survival, rope swings and bushcraft.

The logo was required to represent a “cartoon-style campfire” and was used on a range of materials, including t-shirts, posters and flyers.

Interpretation and Displays

Manchester City Council - Interpretation and Displays

Countryscape has produced a range of outdoor displays and signage for parks and public spaces across Manchester. Such displays are typically required to provide on-site interpretation of local heritage and wildlife; to promote activities and encourage visitors to learn more; or simply to help people find their way around. Along with graphic design, this work often includes:

Community Guardians Youth Scheme

Manchester City Council - Community Guardians Youth Scheme

Development of draft visuals and ideas for the Community Guardians Youth Scheme, which aimed to encourage young people to take an active role in looking after their local environment. This work involved the development of a concept brand identity and slogans; sourcing and design of potential merchandise; development of artwork for an induction pack, including a handbook and membership card. The materials targeted 7-14 year olds, drawing inspiration from modern youth culture to create a positive identity that young people could relate to.

Medlock Valley & Philips Park Website

Countryscape was initially contracted to develop a website for Philips Park in Manchester, aiming to improve the visitor experience through better interpretation and education. The website was built using a content management system, so it could be easily updated by park wardens, community groups and other local stakeholders. The website provided a range of content, all of which was sourced and produced by Countryscape - including an interactive map and timeline, a discussion forum and video clips.

Manchester Tree Strategy Conference

Manchester City Council - Manchester Tree Strategy Conference

Countryscape was contracted to facilitate a one-day conference, exploring ideas for the Manchester Tree Strategy (2006). This work involved use of a creative thinking toolkit (called Ketso) to encourage discussion and information sharing amongst approximately 100 participants from diverse backgrounds. Countryscape was also responsible for designing and editing the conference report, which was produced to a high graphic standard so as to help engage and enthuse potential stakeholders.

Transport and Open Space Planning

Countryscape worked with Manchester City Council and Groundwork to explore the potential for transport and open space development in Wythenshawe. The project involved extensive use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in creating a spatial framework to inform future planning decisions.

Countryscape was involved in the project from the outset, providing GIS consultancy in the form of software implementation, user training and database design. We also supplied various design and print services, such as presentation materials and large-format, thematic maps.

Biodiversity Maps

Manchester City Council - Biodiversity Maps

Countryscape produced a series of thematic maps for the Manchester Biodiversity Strategy, covering parks and open spaces, waterways and Sites of Biological Importance (SBIs). Each map contained an overview plan of Manchester, showing the location of particular ecological features, as well as additional descriptive information such as photographs and written notes. The overall aim was to produce maps that could stand alone from the written report, while communicating key information in a clear and engaging format.

Client Feedback

Countryscape are a very special team to work with. Their professionalism and creativity is second to none, and nothing is too much trouble for them. They are also genuinely interested and enthused by environmental issues, which comes across very clearly in the quality of their work. During projects they are always keen to offer advice and good alternatives to help improve the work in question, rather than just seeing the job through. I look forward to working with them again - Jon Follows, Environmental Strategy Officer, Manchester City Council

Wildabout Walking – Green City Project leaflet

Manchester City Council - Wildabout Walking – Green City Project leaflet

Manchester City Council contracted Countryscape to produce a leaflet as part of their Green City Project, helping to promote public interest in biodiversity. The leaflet was designed in line with the City Council’s ‘Wildabout Manchester’ brand; it was also required to tie in with the BBC’s ‘Breathing Places’ campaign.

Play Strategy Maps

Manchester City Council - Play Strategy Maps

Countryscape produced a series of maps as part of Manchester City Council’s bid to fund the development of a Play Strategy for the city. A total of six maps were developed, showing the location of play provision for young people in Manchester, such as play areas, day-care centres, adventure playgrounds, etc.

Climate Change Action Plan for Manchester

Development of a city-wide action plan for climate change mitigation, which was originally produced in readiness for the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (December 2009).