News

FUNDING APPLICATION FOR PATH APPROVED

Good news – following a Council meeting held on 20th February, Woodheys Park was allocated £18,000 for a path from the car park to the children’s playground. A tremendous amount of work and lobbying over the last couple of years was undertaken by Cllr Stephen Anstee and the Friends Group in order to get this amount of capital for a vital and much needed path.  We are waiting for an update from Trafford Council and once received, it will be uploaded to this page. 

DEFIBRILLATOR HAS BEEN INSTALLED 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Stacey Plews and family who came up with the idea of raising funds to have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) installed in the park. Stacey organised several cake and coffee mornings which were well attended and she set up a page on the JustGiving website so that people could donate online, raising a total of £789.37. We received a massive boost of £1,000 with the help of Mark Reid who was an active members of the Friends before leaving to work abroad for a few years. When Mark found out about the project, he successfully applied for a grant from the Matthew Good Foundation. A group of NCS Students also worked hard to swell the coffers by undertaking a car wash, they  raised £162.50.  The Friends of Woodheys Park donated £100 and other donations of £25.10 were also received.

A big thank you goes to:

  • Stacey and Phil Plews and family
  • Mark Reid 
  • National Citizenship Service Students 
  • Mama’s Cakeria
  • The Co-op, Coppice Avenue
  • The Friends of Woodheys Park
  • Everyone who contributed and all the volunteers

A GRAND TOTAL OF £2076.97 WAS RAISED

FUNDRAISING FOR THE SOCIETY FOR ABANDONED ANIMALS IN SALE

On a hot, sunny afternoon in August, NCS Students ran a “Paws in the Park” event and raised a total of £208 for the above charity. They gave our local pooches some tough agility challenges to undertake such as a timed pole weave and high jumps. They also sold refreshments and held a raffle to boost the funds. A good time was had by all, particularly the dogs.  Photos on our Image page.

GREEN FLAG AWARD PRESENTED TO WOODHEYS PARK FOR 2018

Green Flag AwardFollowing another year of hard work by the Friends Group, Amey, Trafford Council and our partner organisations, we have once again retained the Green Flag Award. We are extremely proud of this achievement and will continue to work towards sustaining this level for the enjoyment of all our visitors.

ONE TRAFFORD NEWSLETTER INCLUDES TREE PLANTING PROJECT

Volunteers from Amey were joined by The Friends of Woodheys Park to undertake tree planting earlier this year.  This project was funded by a grant from ‘Tesco Bags of Help’.  Please click on this link to see the article: OTP Newsletter – Spring 2018

WHIP PLANTING

Recent felling of non-native trees in Woodheys Wood opened up the ground considerably to allow the planting of young native trees in and around the same area. The clearance of the dense canopy will also give established saplings the chance to thrive.

On Thursday, 29th March, in fine dry weather, the Friends of Woodheys Park volunteers worked with a tree specialist and volunteers from Amey, to plant 200 Hazel (Corylus Avellana), 20 Guelder (Viburnum Opulus) and 15 English Oak (Quercus Robur) whips. The photographs below are before, during and after.

A huge thanks goes to ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ who funded this project.

BEFORE – Dense canopy with no light getting through

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DURING – Non-native trees such as Norway Maple and Sycamore have been felled to create a zone of regenerating Willow and understory trees

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AFTER – Volunteers planting the Hazel, Guelder and English Oak whips

WOODHEYS PARK TREE FELLING

Felling of non-native trees, please click on the link above for more information.

ROUND UP OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR 2017

This has been a year of celebration in the park. We want everybody to know just how busy The Friends Group and other volunteers have been and what they’ve achieved over the last 12 months. Their hard work was recognised by the park retaining its prestigious Green Flag Award status – Green Flag Certificate

  • A major aspect was the re-opening of the Pitch and Putt over the Summer months
  • Free Family Fun Day (22nd July)
  • On-going relationship with Stockdales – the FOWP Volunteers are joined by a team from Stockdales who come over to work in the park every 3 weeks throughout the year, whatever the weather
  • Free Workshops including Bird Song (May), Bees, Dragonflies and Hoverflies (July), 2 Bat Walks (both held in August) and a Fungi ID park and woodland walk (October)
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) Students (July and August)
  • Working with One Trafford teams (Ongoing)
  • Opening of the Butterfly Garden (25th August)
  • Fence repairs (Ongoing)
  • Bulb planting (October)
  • Pothole repairs to car park entrance (November)
  • Tree works (Seasonal)
  • Tidying and maintaining the car park and flower beds
  • Litter picks
  • Ensuring the upkeep of park security
  • Over 700 hours of volunteers time

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