Putting the beds to bed

Gardening in Hullard Park

It was great to have Cath Wade come along and give us a masterclass on how best to approach maintaining the perennial flowerbeds so that they are even more gorgeous next year.

Putting the beds to bed 2017We hope to be able to get some funding in to engage Cath more long term, in the meantime her advice for looking after our two flowerbeds is:

  • Remove the couch grass, nettles, thistles and docks over the next few weeks taking care not to disturb the plant roots too much
  • Leave the dead flower heads in place, they may look a bit untidy but they are great for insects and birds over the winter
  • Then we can pretty much leave the plants to fatten up until February/March next year then we can go back and split the plants that are thriving and spread them around the park and/or use them to replenish the tree pits and Prestage Street

A few of us plan to pop over and spend some time weeding the flower beds over the next few weeks, if you would like to come along too, give us a shout at hullardparkm16@gmail.com or via facebook or twitter


Love Old Trafford invite you to join them on a Rat Run!

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.


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Meet me in Hullard Park

Saturday 10th June 1pm – 3pm

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.

AGM LOT’s Tue 9th May 7pm

12341213_10154469364588146_7871526183056397073_nOur 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.


Show your Love, Shift your …


Sat. 4th Feb 2-3pm, meet at the post offi ce (Ayres Rd)

L.O.T’s Community Litter Pick – fancy dress

Valentines day is coming – let’s make sure Old Trafford looks loved. Dress up – wear red – hearts and fl owers. Face painting; refreshments; litter pickers; gloves; bags; all provided.

Free event, family friendly, children need an adult with them


Are you a gardening beginner?


There are loads of really simple plants and vegetables you can grow, even if you don’t have a garden. Sunflowers, sweet peas or runner beans are just three plants that you can grow in pots. Old Trafford’s houses and flats usually have a small amount of outdoor space but we can make the most of them. If you have never grown plants before then maybe you need a little bit of advice to get you going.

  1. If you have plants in pots outdoors here’s some advice from GroundWorks Manchester who project managed the WonderWall Alleys refurbishment in Old Trafford in October 2016. I

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2. Next Steps

If you want to learn more about gardening St John’s Centre run an FREE, open to all gardening group ‘What’s Growing On?’ every Wednesday morning 10:00-12pm, for more information call Tel: 0161 872 7795, Email: info@stjohnscentre.org .

We hope that GroundWorks will be supporting gardening workshops in Old Trafford in Spring 2017.

3. Come and talk to us

Come along to one of our events on the first Saturday each month for a chat. (check upcoming events for more info).


Good luck with whatever you choose to grow and please send us pictures of your floral fun  and vegetable victories.

The LOTs team XX