A Year in Old Trafford

Here at LOTS we are about to hold our AGM, reporting on our activities over the past year and making plans for what’s next. It’s a chance to reflect. The past six months have certainly been a challenge for all of us. One thing that has made a huge difference is living in this wonderful neighbourhood. We have great green spaces, which are going from strength to strength. We have seen many examples of neighbours helping each other out and keeping spirits up.

We ❤️ Old Trafford!

OTCreative Space decorated the sky. Autumn 2019.
OTCreative Space opened its doors. Autumn 2019.
Old Trafford residents volunteered to keep their streets tidy.
The wetland garden in Hullard Park took off. Autumn 2019
Neighbours highlighted the litter problem in Seymour Park. #PlasticFreeOT! Autumn 2019
There’s always life in OT. Winter 2020
We considered changes on our doorstep. Winter 2020.
We spotted the first daffodils of the season in Seymour Park. Winter 2020
Hullard Park blossomed. Spring 2020.
The sun shone. Spring 2020
Many families went hunting in the parks, thanks to OTCreative Space. Spring 2020
Centenary Gardens bloomed. Spring 2020.
We played in our alleys – and learned to ride bikes. Spring 2020
Some of us became gardeners. Summer 2020.
Autumn scything in Hullard Park’s meadow paid dividends. Summer 2020
More hunting in the parks! Summer 2020
The rowans put on a show in Towers Park. Summer 2020
Perennial issues didn’t go away, but residents kept on fighting litter and fly-tipping. Summer 2020
We got creative in OT. Summer 2020
Many of us made good use of our neighbourhood parks. Autumn 2020
Local residents made excellent use of OT’s parks for fitness. Autumn 2020
💚 Love Old Trafford 💚

Love Old Trafford AGM Notice 2020

Love Old Trafford (LOTS) is a local community group that works in various ways to make Old Trafford a greener and cleaner place to live. We are holding our Annual General Meeting for 2020 (delayed because of Covid) on Tuesday 29th September 2020. This will take place online via Zoom, starting at 7:00pm (aiming to be finished by 8:00pm). Join us to hear more about what we do and how you can get involved. All are welcome.
AGM Agenda:
Minutes of last AGM
Nomination of committee members (including officers: chair, secretary and treasurer)
Amendments to the constitution
Presentation of accounts
Secretary and chair updates
Project updates and future plans
Any other business
Please see the Love Old Trafford constitution and the minutes of the 2019 AGM:
Nominations for committee membership, including chair, secretary and treasurer, should be sent to loveoldtrafford@gmail.com by 5:00pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.
Please email us for the link to join the meeting.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested and we look forward to seeing you at our AGM.
Best wishes,
Love Old Trafford (LOTS)

Litter picking the Love Old Trafford Way

We’ve had a lot of interest in our litter picks, and have had a great many wonderful neighbours approach us for advice on organising their own events recently. So we’ve come up with our own litter pick instructions with all the information you need to plan your own event, including how we can help support you.

Be sure to post some photos on Twitter or Facebook and copy in @loveoldtrafford!


Trafford Bins: Recycling More than Before!

There are recent changes to recycling in Trafford, and happily you can recycle more than before – and all for free! This month saw the end of Green Bin charges, which is very welcome. There’s still time to swap your green caddy for a full sized Green Bin: deadline at the time of writing is the 28th June.

According to information that the Council sent to Love Old Trafford you can now leave the lids on plastic bottles for your Black Bin. You can also include food and juice cartons in your Blue Bin. Look out for a new recycling guide soon!

The 3rd ‘R’: Recycling

There have been some changes to recycling in Trafford, and it’s good news! Some of us in Love Old Trafford have already taken the chance to upgrade to a full size green bin for free, and we’re celebrating the return of free collections for garden & kitchen compostable waste. But did you know that you can put the lids of plastic bottles into your black bin? We’re delighted to be keeping those out of landfill. It all helps us to reduce waste.

Check the latest One Trafford recycling guide to make sure you are recycling everything you can!


Trafford Plaza Development Planned

Last year Old Trafford’s first high-rise block of flats received planning permission from the Council. This 16-storey building will be built on what is now the carpark next to the Park Rise flats on Seymour Grove, immediately adjacent to Seymour Park.

Trafford Plaza Development

Local residents created a petition urging the Council to overturn the planning permission decision. There are questions around some of the studies and supposed consultation carried out, and many residents are concerned about the scale of the development and its impact on the park, residents of Park Rise, local schools and traffic.

To find out more, please read the full case on the petition here.


Help OT to go Plastic-Free!

Here at Love Old Trafford we’re passionate about our local environment and making OT a better place to live. For our latest project we want to support residents, businesses and other local organisations to go plastic-free and find greener alternatives.

We’re having an open meeting at Limelight on Saturday, 23rd March, 2pm. Come along to find out more, share ideas and discuss how you might like to be involved.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it! We’re also organising a litter-pick as part of the campaign. On Saturday, 6th April at 11:00 am we’ll be meeting at the corner of Seymour Grove and Ayres Road. We’ll be working our way along Seymour Grove and helping to make one of Old Trafford’s main thoroughfares tidy. We hope to see you there!

How much do you love your parks?

It would be great to see you in Hullard Park for some gardening and tidying on the last Saturday of every month starting 30th March 2019 from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Our Hullard Park gardening club starts again March and is a great opportunity to learn more about plants and gardening, and even pick up some meadow maintenance skills, (there are scything workshops planned for later in the year). Please bring your own gardening fork, trowel and gloves if you have them (we’ve got some if not).

Or if you prefer the therapeutic power of litter picking we would love to see you too.

Please come dressed for the weather and to get messy. To find out more and keep in touch follow us on

2019 Gardening Club Programme (subject to change)

30th March – Strulching circular beds

27th April – Soft plant dividing and more strulching

25th May – Prestage Street planting

6th – 7th July – Scything workshop

31st August – Weeding, tidying

28th September – Scything and collecting

26th October – Soft Planting

30th November – Planting native spring bulbs

Children and young people under 14 years are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult.

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Twitter – HullardParkM16

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email – hullardparkm16@gmail.com

Tidy up Time!

Love Old Trafford has partnered with the Human Relief Foundation to bring you our latest litter pick. We’ll be focusing our efforts on the area around Stamford st, Shrewsbury St, Afifah School and the playing fields on Cornbrook St.

Wajahat Hussain has already been busy organising and recruiting volunteers, forming links with our local mosques. This event links nicely with the recent efforts of the Transform Our Patch group to overhaul the alley between Shrewsbury and Stamford streets.

Join us on Saturday, 10th November at 1:15pm, at Masjid-e-Noor, 87 Stamford St., and help #CleanupMcr! Register at tinyurl.com/CleanupMcr. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

LOT Tackles Postal Litter

In our latest move to tackle litter, we’ve taken on Royal Mail! Specifically we’re concerned about the number of rubber bands, used to bundle letters, ending up on our streets.

These bands don’t biodegrade, and are precisely the kind of waste that can end up in our waterways.

We staged a protest, supported by Old Trafford Labour, at the Norton Street sorting office, and we’ll be raising our concerns with Royal Mail’s CEO.

This latest move comes as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce litter and improve our local environment through our #plasticfreeOT project.