I am not sure if technically Gnome Island is in Salford or Trafford. It is in the middle of the Ship Canal but it seems to me it is on the Salford side of the canal so I’ve claimed it and included it in my surprising Salford series. I got a superb view of Gnome Island on one of my birthday treats, a Waxi [Water Taxi] trip from Salford Quays to Spinningfields. These cute yellow boats trundle the waterways from the city centre to Media City and to the Trafford Centre. The Christmas Market was in town at the time and Gnome Island had its own festive Santa Claus visiting for a month or so.
Riding by on the water you get an uninterrupted view of the jolly gnomes waving and smiling and these diminutive figurines must brighten up the day of those commuters who use the Waxi on our dark winter mornings to get to work. The gathering of gnomes appear to be both male and female and there are some child-gnomes on the island too, so who is to say their number won’t increase over time.
If you want to find Gnome Island yourself, it is now on Google Maps. It is just before the Trafford Road bridge on the Salford side of the quays.