Before 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.
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 email@example.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.
Out in the meadow
1.5 hours later
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
Come and make friends in Hullard Park on Saturday 18th March. We will be doing some gardening and general tidying up from 1-3pm
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.
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 would like to invite you to come to the next LOTS (Love Old Trafford) meeting to find out more about what we do, and to get involved. We are meeting on Tuesday 9th Feb in St. John’s Centre at our new time of 7.30pm. We plan to finish by 9.30pm.
You are welcome to come and find out about what we do and meet some of the people who are involved. We are all local residents and are involved in our spare time, giving whatever time we feel we can give. If you come to a meeting there is no expectation that you get involved in everything, or anything at all. People usually come with a passion for a particular issue – fly tipping in their alley; litter in the park; seeing an empty plot of land they think would make a good growing site. Others just come because they want to support others in their community in making a better place to live.
If you do have a burning issue that you want to bring to the group we ask you to email us prior to the meeting to let us know. As residents we know there is nothing more frustrating than having a problem to solve and not having the time to discuss it with others and find support.
Hope to see you at our next meeting.
Date: Saturday 21 March 2015
Time: 11 am
The Love Old Trafford group is clearing-up at the car park near the Territorial Army building on Kings Road, Old Trafford. This is part of the Keep Britain Tidy Community Clear Up Day which is backed by local government.
Meet: At the corner of Kings Road and Milner Street, Old Trafford.
Litter-pickers and bags provided.
Come and join in!
Come and join Love Old Trafford for a Big Dig at Prestage Street, Old Trafford on Saturday 31 May at 11am. Tools and plants will be provided.
Have your say on what you would like on the site. Tell your friends and neighbours.
Well done to Gorgeous Gorse Hill down the road in Stretford. They won £25,000 in the Better Together Community Competition. Have a look at their website and maybe get some inspiration for what we can do in Old Trafford!
Sat 10th May 11 – 2pm
Come and get involved in planting! Check out the video to see what we got up to last year.
Led by Hulme Community Garden Centre and we’ll have fun making sure Ayres Road blooms all year round!
There will be free refreshments and all equipment will be provided. Please wear old clothes. Children are welcome but must have an adult with them throughout.
All welcome – there will be activities for adults, families and children.
Meet on Myrtle Street M16, 7PG (near the post office).
Do you remember the Old Trafford of past or are interested in knowing more about its history? The new Old Trafford Heritage and History Group may be able to help you. The group are encouraging others to contribute memories, photographs, school reports, or any memorabilia to do with Old Trafford. You may have older relatives or neighbours that be able to contribute something and get involved.
The contact is Eleanor Crowther, Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org and 0161 8723994.
The group will launch event on Friday 30 May, 12-5pm, at Bath Crescent, Stanley Road, Old Trafford. Everyone welcome. Tombola prizes and any unwanted books also wanted.