Wildlife Garden - Thank you to all the volunteers who helped

A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who turned out for the wildlife garden clean up.

Path restoration - new volunteer Steve suggested we use the excess turf to repair bare patches of grass

Jackie tried to hide the graffiti with cut-down plants plants

Rick planted foxgloves and cowslips

Rick Webb

Back To Work In The Wildlife Garden (WLG)

After a fallow period for a few years, F.O.L.P. have re-established our support group for the WLG.

Since last summer various jobs have been carried out in our garden

• Cleaning debris and weed from the pond
• Mowing pathways to the wood carvings
• Mowing grass around the picnic tables
• Autumn grass cut and raking
• Litter collection
• Pruning and coppicing of trees
• Grubbing out excess dogwood and blackthorn
• Some new planting

The aims are to better manage the WLG, add to its existing features and establish a sustainable group for looking after the WLG on a long term basis

We want to do more planting eg. shrubs, wild flowers, hedge whips etc. and look after various wood features which need regular maintenance as well as tackling problems such as gaps in the hedges and fences and replacing any bird boxes that have been vandalised.

At present our funds are limited. Grant applications will have to be made and the first has recently been submitted to Growing A Greener Britain. If successful this will allow us to acquire a range of tools and equipment plus shrubs and plants.

So there is lots of work to be carried out in the future.The jobs carried out since last summer have all been done by volunteers,mainly at weekends.

More volunteers are needed either during the week or at weekends. As the area we look after isn’t particularly massive and owing to the seasonal nature of much of the work help isn’t needed on a weekly basis. In other words the time commitment over a year for most people will not be that great.

If you like working outdoors in a pleasant environment and are interested in joining a friendly and welcoming group of enthusiasts please contact,

Rick Webb (FOLP Committee member) via the Friends email info@folp.org.uk

Thank you


Wildlife Garden - Frogs and Frogspawn

Green up Longford Park Wildlife Garden 19th April 2009

Green up Longford Park Wildlife Garden between 2pm and 4pm

Come along and enjoy one of the many activities lined up for our Green Up Day.
The wildlife garden is located in the centre of the park near to the ornamental gardens and the Athletics Stadium.
Planned activities include:

• Pond Dipping with the Mersey Valley Wardens
• Apple Pressing with the Red Rose Forest
• Planting of Wild Flower Seeds
• Rubbish Revamped Workshop and Stall
• Bird and Bat Boxes activities with Trafford Council’s Parks Team
• Spring Clean/Litter Pick of the Wildlife Garden
• Plant Swap (We hope to have a plant expert available to identify any unusual plants brought along on the day)

Event Update: Big thank you to all those that helped make our Green Up event such a success. Hundreds came along on a sunny afternoon to get involved and find out more. We were particularly pleased to see young people helping with the digging and planting in the wildlife garden.
Please contact us if you could help sponsor the Friends of Longford Park to organise more of these community events