Raking it in

Mowing the meadow

Do you know anyone who would like some hay?

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 hullardparkm16@gmail.com.

Would you like to have a go yourself?

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.

What’s it all about?

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:

  • Run a scything workshop in the park and enable local people to get some skills and knowledge about meadow management
  • Provide some learning opportunities for residents old and young, in wildflower identification, the value of the meadow in terms of biodiversity and wildlife and meadow maintenance
  • Purchase some new interpretation boards, which will explain how the meadow works and what visitors can expect to see at different times of the year
  • Do some selective re-seeding and cutting back hedges and trees early next year to reduce shading
  • Host a Picnic in the Park event in August 2018 to celebrate a blooming wildflower meadow and consult with residents, again, on what Hullard Park needs next
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