Tidy up Time!

Love Old Trafford has partnered with the Human Relief Foundation to bring you our latest litter pick. We’ll be focusing our efforts on the area around Stamford st, Shrewsbury St, Afifah School and the playing fields on Cornbrook St.

Wajahat Hussain has already been busy organising and recruiting volunteers, forming links with our local mosques. This event links nicely with the recent efforts of the Transform Our Patch group to overhaul the alley between Shrewsbury and Stamford streets.

Join us on Saturday, 10th November at 1:15pm, at Masjid-e-Noor, 87 Stamford St., and help #CleanupMcr! Register at tinyurl.com/CleanupMcr. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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LOT Tackles Postal Litter

In our latest move to tackle litter, we’ve taken on Royal Mail! Specifically we’re concerned about the number of rubber bands, used to bundle letters, ending up on our streets.

These bands don’t biodegrade, and are precisely the kind of waste that can end up in our waterways.

We staged a protest, supported by Old Trafford Labour, at the Norton Street sorting office, and we’ll be raising our concerns with Royal Mail’s CEO.

This latest move comes as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce litter and improve our local environment through our #plasticfreeOT project.

Shady Goings-on in Old Trafford…

On Saturday, 13th October Love Old Trafford members and friends rolled up their sleeves and got planting! Under the expert guidance of St John’s gardener, Cath Wade, shade-loving plants have been planted in the bed at the Chorlton Road end of Ayres Road, under the large Ash trees.

The bed looks lovely already, partly thanks to whichever good soul had already put in some plants of their own. Our volunteers worked around these existing plants wherever they found them, to implement Cath’s design. Special thanks go out from us to Cath for preparing the plants, designing the scheme and showing our planters how to work around tree roots!

Tea, Cake and Centenary Gardens

It’s back to school time, and many of us have been sorting and organising ourselves after this beautiful summer. In this spirit, the lovely team at Centenary Gardens will be pruning, hacking and tidying in this Saturday, 8th September from 1-3pm. Why not join in, then catch up with your neighbours over cake and tea? For keen and aspiring gardeners there will also be the chance to learn how to prune cherry and plum trees. All ages welcome!

Keep off the Grass!

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Have you walked down Prestage Street recently?  The work is nearly completed.  Work has taken longer than expected with some additional items, needing time to cure, grow or bed in.

prestage street 1 8618You will notice that there are some areas of dirt – not very attractive yet! – but they are seeded with grass and need at least 4 weeks to grow.  So please keep off the fenced area so the grass has a chance to grow.  If you have any questions then please contact Julie Hyslop at Groundwork between Wednesday and Friday on:-

T: 0161 220 1016

M: 07990952508

E: julie.hyslop@groundwork.org.uk

Groundwork are the people who have been developing the plot for Love Old Trafford.

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Prestage Street out of Jam?!

Hi Old Trafford people – and especially all those living around Prestage Street and the old Duerr’s Jam factory site.  Duerr’s continues it’s migration ​`​down south` (sure you’re meant to do this with an accent) towards Wythenshawe.  Back here `up north’ we have been trying to make improvements to the Prestage Street area for several years.   Including planting fruit bearing plants, as a nod to the historical jam production in the area.  Mural Life has recently been joining in with improvement with their wonderful gable end art.

We are pleased to announce Groundworks have been working with us and have decided to take on the challenge.  They will be starting a large scale landscape development and improvement project in the area.  Work starts on May 3rd and will last for 3 weeks.  So it’s time to go out and take photos for the before, during and after shots.  Share them on our facebook page.

If you want to know more please get in touch and we can share what we know and put you in touch with the right people in Groundworks Trust.   Alternatively they have told us they will be putting up signs in the area to share what they plan to do.

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Spring is Springing – re-arranged Suffragette Spring Clean Saturday

Have you noticed?  Spring is springing up all over Old Trafford and we love it.

You are invited to come and join our re-arranged Suffragette Spring Clean Saturday Mar. 17th – 1-2pm Clifton Grove – off Stretford Road, opposite Old Trafford Academy primary school.  Family friendly and free, all equipment you need is provided, along with refreshments and Old Trafford Women’s Institute cakes – what’s not to like.

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MILHOLLAND,_INEZ,_SUFFRAGETTE._CENTERFancy dress is optional, but simple ideas are come in a fancy hat; wear green, purple or white ribbons/clothes; bring your own banner; wear a long skirt/frock.  Dressing up is fun and makes it more memorable for everyone involved, and anyone who is passing by.

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!RED WEATHER WARNING FOR OLD TRAFFORD!

SUFFRAGETTE SPRING CLEAN SATURDAY CANCELLED due to extreme weather conditions

The community litter pick is just another casualty of the “Beast form the East” extreme weather we are experiencing at the moment.  Litter will be hard to find under the snow.

IMG_20180301_090347703_HDR[1].jpgLOTs people with their usual optimism had thought that snow and cold gusts of wind might have blown over by Saturday.  We have now decided that this is probably not going to be the case.  Therefore we are cancelling the litter pick that was due to take place on Saturday 3rd March 1-2.30pm.

One LOTs parent happily commented on the cancellation, “I was beginning to think  how I would be bring out all my kids + extras to litter pick in freezing temperatures and I didn’t think cake was going to do it!!!”

Apologise to everyone who has organised their `ode to the Suffragettes’ fancy dress costume, but please keep it for a to be arranged later date.  Once the cold weather is over we will be back out in our suffrage ribbons, hats and skirts.

 

 

 

Deeds Not Words

litter pick mar 3 2018We are looking forward to our next community litter pick.  LOTs people are getting involved and will be joined by Old Trafford Women’s Institute and Great Places Housing Group.

Fancy dress is actively encouraged and we are giving a nod to the fact International Women’s Week is on it’s way celebrating 150 years since some women got the right to vote in the UK.   We suggest purple, white, green ribbons; fancy hats; placards .

This is a family friendly event.  Where children can bring along their adults to get involved in improving how our Old Trafford looks.

All equipment will be provided and the LOTs gazebo will be there to offer shelter and refreshments.  Look out for fabulous WI cakes – definitely worth picking up a bit of litter for.

Killer makes good…

IMG_20180129_170229635Before Christmas, One Trafford (the partnership between Trafford Council and Amey) re-planted the tree-pits on Ayres Road at no cost to Love Old Trafford. That’s because a One Trafford contractor weed-sprayed them earlier in the year. This killed most of the plants we’d planted and looked after over the last four years. It was a mistake and One Trafford has said sorry.

 

They’ve put in perennial plants for us, which should come up every year. They look a bit underwhelming at the moment, but come spring they will get growing. There should be more flowers in future too, as we’ve now got some hardy geraniums as well as more of the same sorts of plants that were there before the weed-spraying.

 

Big thanks to Amey staff Mark Saxon, Dave Sykes and Mike Crosby for organising this, and to Rebecca and Darren and their team for doing the planting.