Love Old Trafford Committee Meetings

Here at Love Old Trafford we hold committee meetings every other month. We discuss issues affecting our local environment, like litter and fly-tipping, bin collections, walking and cycling, pavement parking, and reducing the use of single-use plastics and pesticides/ herbicides.

You can read the minutes of our meetings here.

May 2021:

love old trafford committee meeting


Keep Your Tree Pit Blooming Beautiful

Have you planted the tree pits near you? Did you know that Trafford Council contractors spray these with weed killer each summer? Read on and find out how to protect your plants!

A sign protecting plants in Old Trafford

Here at Love Old Trafford we know from bitter experience that busy employees with a job to do won’t always notice the difference between weeds and lovingly tended plants. We’ve lost thriving plants along the Ayres Road tree pits when they were mistakenly sprayed in the past. One Trafford put this right for us by planting perennials, and we’ve been in discussion with them ever since about what residents can do to protect tree pits that have been planted up on streets across Old Trafford.

Pink and white flowers growing in an Old Trafford tree pit

How to Protect Your Plants

What can you do? Get your Sharpies out and make some signs! We’ve found plant labels from the garden centre will work. One of our members puts her signs up in the tree pits on her street the weekend before spraying begins, just in case. (See photo at the top of this post).

Laminated sign asking contractors not to spray weed killer

You can find out when the One Trafford team will be spraying by subscribing to the Love Old Trafford newsletter (click here), or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

In good weather, a chalked message might help – and raises awareness of this issue!

Reducing Weed Killer Use on Our Streets

You can help reduce the use of these harsh chemicals on our streets.

If you are able to, clear weeds from the “back line”, which is the gap between the front yard or house wall and the pavement, by hand. If it’s clear of weeds, the contractors might not spray the street as much.

Are You on the OT Growing Trail?

The LOT’s Growing Trail will help to get everyone together outside on Saturday 2nd July, to explore and enjoy the beauty, plants, and nature around us 
Love Old Trafford has teamed up with the OT Jumble Trail this year to make the event bigger and better than ever.
If you’ve got a garden, window or tree pit you’d like to show off (or jumble, crafts, homemades you’d like to sell), sign up now and for £3 you can book your pin on the OT Trail Map by contacting 
NB You get to keep all the proceeds from any sales you make or donations you collect on the day

Seymour Grove Allotments Need You! Planned Development Poses Risks

Help us to protect the lovely Seymour Grove allotments from property developers


Details are here:


Seymour Grove has a diversity of plants of people. Sadly, the community’s enjoyment and use of the site is at risk. Property developers wish to build 3 x 4-5 storey blocks of non-social/unaffordable housing along one side of the allotments on Warwick Road South, Old Trafford/Firswood M160JT.

Seymour Grove Allotments holders and Love Old Trafford support affordable and ecologically sustainable home building, but do not want to see 4-5 storey blocks of unaffordable housing built to the detriment of local communities.





You must include your full name and address and quote the Planning Application number: 104662/ FUL/21. If applicable, say if you are a Trafford resident and/or a Seymour Grove plot holder.


Planning and Development Management, Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32 OTH

You must include your full name and address and quote the Planning Application number: 104662/FUL/21. If applicable, say if you are a plot holder and/or Trafford resident.

Allotment holders are concerned about many aspects of this development, from its height, to the living standards of the future residents, environmental impacts (eg increased traffic, lack of green design), to the lack of social/ affordable housing). Please see the pdf above for more details about the allotments and the concerns that have been raised.


Thank you for helping to #ProtectOurParadise

Friends of Hullard Park Present Plant a Pot Workshop

On Saturday, 29th May 2021 the Friends of Hullard Park, with support from Love Old Trafford, invite you to come along to the park between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m.

We’ll supply everything you need to plant a pot full of colour for your front doorstep or balcony. If you’re feeling adventurous, or ready to try something new, you can also have a go at scything in the Park’s meadow.

Admission: Free.

Hullard Park’s Meadow

Note: One pot per household.

Contact the Friends of Hullard Park at

Clean Air Zone for Greater Manchester – Consultation Opens

You might not always be able to see it, but air pollution hangs over Greater Manchester, affecting all of us. In fact air pollution contributes to at least 1,200 early deaths each year in our region alone. Those most at risk include children, older people and those with existing health problems. Fortunately plans are in the works to tackle this issue across the city, and you can have your say.

Clean Air Greater Manchester has been working on plans for a Clean Air Zone. Commercial vehicles including buses, taxis and HGVs will need to meet certain environmental standards or pay a daily charge to enter the Zone. Private cars and motorcycles are exempt. There will be some funding available to help businesses change to less polluting vehicles.

The Zone will come into effect in Spring 2022, so there is time from now (October 2020) until 3rd December 2020 to send your feedback.

Clean Air GM Consultation

Clean Air Greater Manchester wants to hear from you! They are inviting people to comment on the following:

  • the boundaries of the Zone
  • Daily charges
  • Discounts and exemptions
  • Support Funding

Anyone can take part in the consultation, so please share your views on the proposals to make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone. You can:

  • Fill out the questionnaire at
  • Email your feedback to
  • Give your feedback by phone on 0161 244 1100 (you will be forwarded through to an independent research organisation)
  • Write/send a completed questionnaire to Freepost RUBS-XRAT-GLBK, AECOM, 1 New York Street, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD.

Further information, paper copies of the consultation document and questionnaire, and support in other languages are available by ringing Clean Air GM on 0161 244 1100 or emailing

View the consultation document Online.

A Year in Old Trafford

Here at LOTS we are about to hold our AGM, reporting on our activities over the past year and making plans for what’s next. It’s a chance to reflect. The past six months have certainly been a challenge for all of us. One thing that has made a huge difference is living in this wonderful neighbourhood. We have great green spaces, which are going from strength to strength. We have seen many examples of neighbours helping each other out and keeping spirits up.

We ❤️ Old Trafford!

OTCreative Space decorated the sky. Autumn 2019.
OTCreative Space opened its doors. Autumn 2019.
Old Trafford residents volunteered to keep their streets tidy.
The wetland garden in Hullard Park took off. Autumn 2019
Neighbours highlighted the litter problem in Seymour Park. #PlasticFreeOT! Autumn 2019
There’s always life in OT. Winter 2020
We considered changes on our doorstep. Winter 2020.
We spotted the first daffodils of the season in Seymour Park. Winter 2020
Hullard Park blossomed. Spring 2020.
The sun shone. Spring 2020
Many families went hunting in the parks, thanks to OTCreative Space. Spring 2020
Centenary Gardens bloomed. Spring 2020.
We played in our alleys – and learned to ride bikes. Spring 2020
Some of us became gardeners. Summer 2020.
Autumn scything in Hullard Park’s meadow paid dividends. Summer 2020
More hunting in the parks! Summer 2020
The rowans put on a show in Towers Park. Summer 2020
Perennial issues didn’t go away, but residents kept on fighting litter and fly-tipping. Summer 2020
We got creative in OT. Summer 2020
Many of us made good use of our neighbourhood parks. Autumn 2020
Local residents made excellent use of OT’s parks for fitness. Autumn 2020
💚 Love Old Trafford 💚

Love Old Trafford AGM Notice 2020

Love Old Trafford (LOTS) is a local community group that works in various ways to make Old Trafford a greener and cleaner place to live. We are holding our Annual General Meeting for 2020 (delayed because of Covid) on Tuesday 29th September 2020. This will take place online via Zoom, starting at 7:00pm (aiming to be finished by 8:00pm). Join us to hear more about what we do and how you can get involved. All are welcome.
AGM Agenda:
Minutes of last AGM
Nomination of committee members (including officers: chair, secretary and treasurer)
Amendments to the constitution
Presentation of accounts
Secretary and chair updates
Project updates and future plans
Any other business
Please see the Love Old Trafford constitution and the minutes of the 2019 AGM:
Nominations for committee membership, including chair, secretary and treasurer, should be sent to by 5:00pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.
Please email us for the link to join the meeting.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested and we look forward to seeing you at our AGM.
Best wishes,
Love Old Trafford (LOTS)

Update: Minutes of 2020 AGM are now here: agm-minutes-29-09-2020.pdf

Litter picking the Love Old Trafford Way

We’ve had a lot of interest in our litter picks, and have had a great many wonderful neighbours approach us for advice on organising their own events recently. So we’ve come up with our own litter pick instructions with all the information you need to plan your own event, including how we can help support you.

Be sure to post some photos on Twitter or Facebook and copy in @loveoldtrafford!


Trafford Bins: Recycling More than Before!

There are recent changes to recycling in Trafford, and happily you can recycle more than before – and all for free! This month saw the end of Green Bin charges, which is very welcome. There’s still time to swap your green caddy for a full sized Green Bin: deadline at the time of writing is the 28th June.

According to information that the Council sent to Love Old Trafford you can now leave the lids on plastic bottles for your Black Bin. You can also include food and juice cartons in your Blue Bin. Look out for a new recycling guide soon!