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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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 …

Rubbish!

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

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