Friends of Longford Park Newsletter

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We really are so lucky to have such a beautiful park on our doorstep, one that has proved to be an invaluable community space this year. We hope you enjoy reading all about the changes and challenges of 2020 in the Friends of Longford Park newsletter.

We’ve got a Community Christmas Tree!!

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We might not have Tree Amigos to make our park look Christmassy this year but they have kindly donated a Community Christmas tree instead. We’d love it if local children could bring along a bauble or maybe even a home-made decoration for the tree. It’s a Norway Spruce that was freshly dug up from Ivy Cottage Christmas tree Farm near …

Latest on the under 8’s playground

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Richard Bond, as Chair of Friends of Longford Park, has been in regular contact with the Exec Member for Parks, Councillor Liz Patel, regarding a date for reopening the under 8s playground. It had been hoped that the replacement of the play surfaces could be done this year, even possibly by the end of this month.She has now had an …

RYLANDS’ LONGFORD LEGACY COULD BE LOST

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The eastern skyline of the Longford Park Conservation Area is dominated by a row of tall, impressive boundary trees which not only mark the perimeter of the Longford estate but also the line of the Parliamentary and local authority boundaries between Manchester and Trafford. There are 10 of these mature trees in total. They stand proud, overshadowing the surrounding foliage, …

Tree Amigos Cancellation

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We are sorry to say Tree Amigos contacted us today to explain that they have decided not to sell Christmas trees in Longford Park this year. The imposition of a second lockdown, with uncertainty about what follows, meant they could not take the business risk of ordering and shipping the trees upfront and not being able to sell them. We …

Closure of under 8’s playground update

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Like many users of the Park, Friends of Longford Park (FOLP) were extremely concerned to hear of the closure of the Under 8s playground and issued a statement to that effect 7th October, see https://friendsoflongfordpark.org.uk/closure-of-under-8s-playground/. Since then, we have been told that bark is not a temporary option and that as the work involves tendering for a specialist contractor, “They would …

Edge Lane roadworks

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Just to let you know that structural works are due to take place following a condition survey of the retaining wall at Longford Park, Edge Lane. [You may recall the tree which had caused the wall to bulge was cut down in March]. Part of the works includes removing a section of the wall, grinding out a tree stump, removing …