Meet me in Hullard Park – Saturday 14th October 11.30am – 1.30pm

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

For more information email: hullardparkm16@gmail.com

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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

“Are we amused yet?”

Ok, so a massive thank you to everyone who came out to pick up litter with a definite sense of attitude at our “We are not amused” event on the 5th March.  Did you spot the Queens on Ayres Road on Saturday?  We do hope that we raised a few smiles, and a few eyebrows.

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Ayres Road looked lovely once we had done our bit – there was an amazing amount of litter to pick up – cigarette butts being particularly difficult little blighters!  We hope that you noticed the difference over the weekend on your shopping expeditions and trips to the post office.

Vote for the best Her Royal Highness on the day goes to Malc – shame the only prize is a clean street – but then maybe that’s enough in life.

Look out for the next litter pick with attitude – it will be themed, and coming in fancy dress will help our efforts stand out even more (as well as raising a few smiles and eyebrows).

“We are not amused!”

“We are not amused!”, words first uttered by Queen Victoria in 1919 echo down the years as many residents in Old Trafford feel the same about the amount of rubbish and fly tipping in our neighbourhood – it just isn’t funny.

clean for the queenSat 5th March join the `Queens’ in a litter pick with attitude.  Dig out your twin set and pearl; your wellingtons and head scarves; your crown jewels and feather boa!  Come as a Queen (your choice as to what Queen!!) .  Help pick up litter – look out for HRH to find us – starting at the post office on Ayres Rd 1pm finishing around 2pm.

(Fancy dress is optional, but most definitely advisable, equipment provided and children welcome if accompanied by a parent/carer).

 

image by http://www.extranewspapers.co.uk/corby-local-news/lets-be-clean-for-the-queen/

“It’s a Crime!”

December 5th 2015 Love Old Trafford took to the streets as robbers – not to commit a crime but to prevent one! In the first of a series of comedy litter picks LOTs is attempting to make litter picking fun.  I know sounds impossible, but dressed as comedy robbers in all black or in stripey tops we litter picked for over the planned hour.  Even more entertaining was when Elaine managed to get her litter picker stuck in the clothes bin draw as a team of robbers attempted to un-block the bin of a cushion that was leaving clothes piled up on the street rather than disposed of properly.

robbers 1Keep looking out for the next comedy litter pick – and take the plunge to come along, dressed appropriately, and become part of the spectacle.  Help clean up Old Trafford and highlight the need for us all to take care in getting rid of our rubbish – “It’s a Crime!” for so much litter to be found around Old Trafford.   Be part of the solution.

Big Dig on Prestage Street, Old Trafford

On Saturday 31 May 2014 a small band of local residents took part in a Big Dig and planted some bee-friendly plants on a small piece of land at Prestage Street/Worthington Street, Old Trafford.

We wanted to see what local people thought of the planting, whether they wanted to see more planting, and whether they would like to get involved. The response from speaking to locals was very positive. Everyone said it looked really good and some said they would get involved next time.

We need people that live nearby to look after the plants. If you’re passing by and the plants look dry then put a bit of water on them. When they get a bit bigger you can pick some of the herbs and cook with them.

Thank you to Adactus Housing for providing vouchers for the Bee-Friendly plants. Thank you to the residents that provided some more plants and refreshments.

Old Trafford planting bee friendly plants 1

Old Trafford planting bee friendly plants 2

Old Trafford planting potatoes

Old Trafford plants ready to be planted

Prestage and Worthington Streets Old Trafford before 1

Prestage and Worthington Streets Old Trafford before 2

Prestage and Worthington Streets Old Trafford in progress 1

Prestage and Worthington Streets Old Trafford in progress 2

Prestage and Worthington Streets Old Trafford planting plants