Friends Of Longford Park - AGM


Longford Park Community Allotment

Community Allotment

We are a sub-group of Friends of Longford Park, run by a small Steering Group who do all the planning and organising.
A member of the Steering Group is present at every session, which we hope to cover, if possible, over the whole summer.

We grow as organically as we can and started in 2010 by using the original flowerbeds for growing vegetables. We have developed a fruit garden with espaliered fruit trees and fruit cages, a small orchard and a herb wheel. We have also installed 2 large greenhouses for protected cultivation, as well as a beehive run by Three Bees Co-operative - and we have lots of ideas for the future!

We are always keen to have new volunteers who don’t necessarily have to commit to regular times or days, but can drop in to help, whenever it suits. We welcome those without any experience as well as those with some gardening experience. We are all learning and sharing together.

We are now open on Thursday evenings - so so come pop in to join us whenever you can

For further details see our website http://longford-park-allotment.org.uk or contact Margaret Tel: 0161 865 6064 Email: mash.westbrook@gmail.com or simply drop in to one of our other sessions.

SUNDAYS 10am – 12pm
MONDAYS 2pm - 4pm
WEDNESDAYS 10am – 12pm
THURSDAYS 6pm - 7.30pm

The BIG DIG Saturday 16th March 2–5pm Longford Park

Rylands Kitchen Garden – is developing – and needs YOU!

Through the black door in the wall past the pet’s corner, on the patch where the kitchen garden was in John Ryland’s day, there have been many changes over the last two years! A group of locals, part of Friends of Longford Park, are now growing local food.

Saturday 16th March is BIG DIG day nationally and we will be among numerous gardens in the North West and across the country who will be opening their doors and encouraging you to join us…..See www.bigdig.org.uk

The community allotment surrounds the bowling greens and there is a vegetable section, a herb patch as well as a developing small orchard and soft fruit section.

We have had exciting times, as we have seen the changes we have made and the support of those who have dropped in to help as volunteers or for our open days - even when the weather has been rather wet! We have had challenges too, this last year, thanks to the weather, as well as vandalism of the greenhouses, newly erected on site, even before we have been able to use them!

We are all learning, as we garden, and we look forward to a positive year ahead – with abundant crops….
whether you can join us on a regular or occasional basis – you will be welcome.

Call in on BIG DIG afternoon between 2pm and 5 pm to help plant potatoes, sow salad seeds, get some information and of course have some refreshments.

If you can’t make it on 16th you can drop in any Sunday morning from 10am – 12pm or Monday afternoon from 2 – 4pm and from Easter we will also meet on Thursday evenings from 6 – 7.30pm.

For more information get in touch by email rylandskg@hotmail.co.uk or by phone 0161 865 6064

We are grateful to
The Co-operative for the establishment of fruit trees,
Manchester Airport for greenhouses.
Unicorn Grocery for some tools, seeds and general funding
Greater Manchester Police Property Fund for arches
Parkers for perennial flowers.
Local people and Trafford Council for their support.

Big Dig Open Day Sunday 16th Sept 2-4pm

Despite the weather and poor growing conditions, Friends of Longford Park volunteers in Rylands Kitchen Garden have been busy over the last year extending their vegetable beds and establishing a fruit garden.

Thanks to grant funding, fruit trees bushes and soft fruit have been planted and new arches and greenhouses installed ready for next year. One of the organising group said “Although some of our produce this year has been damaged by weather and pests, it has been great to see the garden begin to take shape and we are looking forward to be able to prepare next years plants in our new greenhouses on site.”

As a celebration of what has been achieved so far, we are opening the garden to visitors as part of the national Big Dig initiative, which encourages people to get involved in local growing.

On Sunday 16th September from 2 - 4pm there will be an opportunity to see the gardens, plant some seeds in the new greenhouse, find out about plans, contribute ideas, get involved - and have tea and cakes! Get in touch with us via the website www.rylandskg.org.uk or on 865 6064 for more information.

Rylands Kitchen Garden - Monday 2-4pm Sunday 1-3pm

We Need Your Help!

Every Monday 2pm - 4pm

Our kitchen garden has started and some vegetables, herbs and fruit are planted. But there are lots of jobs we need help with; watering, digging out unwanted old roots, mulching, weeding, sowing vegetables, tending fruit, setting up composting and brewing up! - to mention but a few!

Drop in anytime and speak to a Steering Group member.
Entry is through the black gate in the long brick wall.
For more information contact Margaret on 865 6064 or Adrian on 0161 374 5542
Or visit our websites; http://rylandskg.org.uk OR http://folp.org.uk
Or you can email us at info@folp.org.uk

Rylands Kitchen Garden Open Day Sunday 6th March 2011


Do you have any unwanted garden tools taking up space in your shed or garage?
How about unwanted plantpots and seed trays?
At the Rylands Kitchen Garden we can put these to very good use.
And we want to show you how!!
Please come along to our open day on
Sunday 6th March 2011 ANY TIME BETWEEN 2-00 and 4-00 pm
Please bring any tools and pots with you – we’ll be delighted to receive them from you.
We’ll also show you what we do, what we intend to
do and offer the opportunity to join us as a member of the Garden group!
For more information contact Adrian on 0161 374 5542 or visit our website http://folp.org.uk Or you can email us at info@folp.org.uk

Rylands Kitchen Garden

Rylands Kitchen Garden(RKG) is an exciting new community allotment initiative being developed by Friends of Longford Park (FOLP) on the site of the original kitchen garden of the Rylands Estate.

Over 150 years ago, Longford Hall was the home of John Rylands, Manchester’s first multi millionaire, who has been called the “King Cotton” of his day. The aim to make this garden a place for ALL the community.

Find out more by visiting http://www.rylandskg.org.uk