Pomona Island

Director George Haydock has produced a beautiful short film about Pomona Island, in the River Irwell between Manchester and Salford. The island was once a popular pleasure garden, then later an industrial site. But over the past forty years it has become a kind of wasteland, and increasingly a haven for plants and insects. With plans now emerging for the redevelopment of Pomona, the film celebrates the space in its current, half-forgotten state. In an interview at The Skyliner, Haydock says: "What fascinated me about Pomona Island is that somehow, through the cracks of hyper-development and regeneration, here lies a totally unmanaged, largely un-used and unnoticed area of land, over a mile in length, just quietly sitting a stones-throw from both Manchester and Salford."