Join the Friends of Hullard Park
for some gardening, painting and tidying
… and maybe some tea and cake
Saturday 14th October
11.30am – 1.30pm
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On Monday 25 September we will be walking from Ayres Road to Trafford Town Hall dressed as Rats in fancy dress (optional)!
We will be meeting at 5pm, at St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road, M16 7GX, and will then be walking down Ayres Road to arrive at Trafford Town Hall at 6pm in time for an Executive Meeting of the Council which starts at 6.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to join us. You can either meet us at St John’s or if you can’t make it for that time, meet us at the Town Hall.
Why will we will be dressed as Rats?
Over a number of years Love Old Trafford have worked with the community of Old Trafford and local services to improve the environment of OT because we love where we live.
In 2015 Trafford Council outsourced environmental services, on a 25 year contract, to a company called Amey and created a partnership between the two organisations called One Trafford.
Since this time, we feel that the level of service provided by One Trafford has declined. We witness overflowing litter bins, abandoned contaminated green bins, fly tipping is not removed promptly or investigated and streets are not swept properly. There have been reports of vermin sightings…hence the rat theme. Dressing as Rats and walking to Trafford Town Hall is our light-hearted way to protest at the level of service. Nobody wants to have Old Trafford overrun with rats.
Members of LOTS recently met with our MP Kate Green and representatives of Trafford Council where we expressed our frustrations. On their part, they are collecting information about the level of service that Amey is providing and will be putting in place systems to monitor the contract more closely.
We also want to persuade Trafford Council to get rid of Amey and find another contractor who can provide a better level of service for the Council Tax that we all pay.
In the meantime, please make sure you report any environmental issues to Trafford Council www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/report-it.aspx It is important that you report issues so Trafford Council can build up a picture of the level of service provided.
In addition to this you can highlight the issue on Twitter using the hashtag #OTrevolting and copy in @loveoldtrafford @OneTrafford and @TraffordCouncil
We hope to see you on 25 September.
Local residents to do something about fly tipping, find new homes for once cherished items and give a new lease of life to waste materials.
Each Upcycling Party will be an invitation-only event to make a clean start: A skip is placed on a side street and households sharing alleys are invited to bring along things they want to throwaway, swap or recycle. While at the same time recycling workshops give local residents the opportunity to create useable items for their home and garden from waste materials and using basic household tools.
We will let you know before Christmas how much Bags of Help funding we have won and we’ll start planning some upcycling parties – sign up now and you could have one on your street!
Our scything workshop was a great success on Saturday, follow this Link to Steve Tomlin’s blog post . We managed to cut about a quarter of the Hullard Park meadow. Now it could really do with some tidying up so if you know anyone who could use the hay we have already cut (and is happy to spend an hour or so raking it up) please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you fancy having a go at scything yourself (or know someone who does) then there should be a couple more opportunities in September, details will be posted on Facebook and Nextdoor.
The Friends of Hullard Park are part of Love Old Trafford and we recently secured some funding to help us re-establish the wildflower ‘hay’ meadow in the park.
The hay meadow was originally established about 10 years ago; it fills nearly ¼ of the whole park and had been a defining and much-loved feature until recently. When the friends group first got together we discussed what our priorities should be and overwhelmingly agreed that a project to restore the meadow was top of the list.
Over the past few years the meadow has been a neglected. For various reasons it has not been cut correctly or at the right time of the year. As a result by last summer it was looking forlorn and unloved.
We want to ensure that by next summer Old Trafford has a wildflower meadow to be proud of again and the funding from Trafford Partnerships is enabling us to:
Join us in Hullard Park for some gardening and tidying up or just stop by for a quick catch up – we have got lots coming up over the next few weeks.
We’ll be doing bit of weeding in the flowerbeds and tidying around the bowling club gates. All to get ready for our Pop-up Bowling Café on Sunday 2nd July as part of Open Gardens Old Trafford.
Join us in Seymour Park on Saturday 20th May for a little late spring cleaning.
Our AGM is on tonight at St. John’s Centre, St. John’s Road in Old Trafford (M16 7GX for all you sat.nav. fans!). It’s in the upstairs room where we will be waiting to meet you. Come and find out what we have been up to in and around Old Trafford to make it a more beautiful place to be.
For those of you who are more adventurous you will have the opportunity to join in the LOT’s team and help us out. If you can give a little of your time then we can create more dreams and start to bring them to life. Let LOT’s grow together!
Hope you can join us. Meeting starts 7pm in St. John’s Centre, St. John’s Road, Old Trafford. Plan to be done no later than 9pm and if you come late or go early we are really fine with this. (There will be no tomatoes available but lots of cake.)
See you there, from Elaine the chair.
Come and join us for a community planting day at the green area on Prestage street!
No experience of gardening or planting is necessary, we will provide tools, gloves and refreshments. This is a free family friendly event and as well as planting there will also be a special ART CLUB hosted by THE BACK gALLErY. (children need an adult with them)
Come to Hullard Park on Saturday 22nd April 2017 between 1pm and 3pm and you will get to help us plant a heart of cornfield wildflowers in the hay meadow.
Come and make friends in Hullard Park on Saturday 18th March. We will be doing some gardening and general tidying up from 1-3pm