Set up in 2010 by a sub group of the Friends of Longford Park, the community allotment surrounds the bowling green. It is a beautiful area, full of vegetables, soft fruit, a developing orchard, espaliered fruit trees and a herb wheel.
Friends of Longford Park Community Cycling Club is a community initiative to encourage more people to cycle in and around Stretford.
They also arrange cycle rides of varying difficulty and lengths to encourage people to explore their local area by bike and provide regular opportunities for people to ride together along these routes.
The long standing health walks with the Longford and Firswood Strollers group help people in the local community lead a more active lifestyle. The group walks are led by a friendly volunteer who is on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind. The walks are short and over easy terrain, and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active.
Join them to enjoy the fresh air, company and beautiful surroundings of Longford Park.
Friends of Longford Park are a volunteer group of local people that work with Trafford Council to improve and promote the park as a vibrant local facility for all age groups, helping it remain as a valued and popular asset for the community.
With thanks to Veolia Environmental Trust and Thrive Trafford, for the funding, a working group of Trafford Council, the Friends of Longford Park and Didsbury Ultimate Frisbee for Amateurs (DUFA), have installed an 18 hole disc golf course in the centre of the park. Since the project started the Manchester Disc Golf group and Trafford Council have planted over a THOUSAND new trees in Longford Park.
Manchester Disc Golf's objectives are to promote health, wellness, happiness, and community development through the learning and enjoyment of disc sports, particularly disc golf, in Greater Manchester. They organise introduction sessions during their regular open days, disc golf tournaments, social events and other activities including school and club sessions. The group, which is entirely volunteer led, continually helps to maintain and develop the disc golf course so that it can be enjoyed by all.
In 2014, when council cuts meant the end of the long standing Pets' Corner in the park, a group of willing volunteers stepped up to take over the running of the area. The group have managed to raise a steady stream of funds from donations and fund raising to cover the vet’s bills, food and other costs, including the not inconsiderable CCTV cameras installed to protect the animals.
Current animals living at the corner include chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks, and of course Gandalf and Frodo the two goats.
The wildlife garden was originally created to provide an area of natural beauty and relaxation. After a few fallow years, when the dogwood was allowed the freedom to roam, and with the help of the CVT and a Big Lottery Fund Awards 4 All grant, we managed to start the re-vitalisation of the garden. More recently Friends of Longford Park have established a small group to provide ongoing management of the wildlife garden.
Other groups who regularly use the park include:
- Longford Scouts, Cubs and Beavers: http://www.longfordscouts.org.uk
- Longford Girls Football Club: www.longfordgirlsfc.com – call Vicky or Sharon on 07906 350 633
- Proactive: www.proactiveoutdoors.co.uk – contact Anthony on 0789 042993, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nordic walking – Fridays at 9.30am from Stretford Sports Village to Longford Park and around – T: 07919 043114 or email@example.com
- Longford Scouts/Cubs/Beavers – www.longfordscouts.org.uk
- Longford Park Junior FC – www.longfordparkjfc.co.uk or call Colin on 07793 387636
- Touch Rugby – www.manchesterchargers.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pramactive: Tues 10-11am – contact Claire 07713 183 522 http://www.pramactive.co.uk/
- Park Run – www.parkrun.org.uk/stretford