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Members of the Friends have just produced a new and updated “Points of Interest” map!  The map has multiple layers which can be turned on or off by the user, showing the route of the Loop and points of interest on or accessible from it. Current map layers are:

  • Access points
  • Wildlife and natural features
  • Public resources and amenities
  • Landmarks
  • Historical interest
  • The railway 1891-1981

The Friends would like to continue to refine and update this over time so if you have suggestions for places to include on this map or notice any necessary corrections then please let us know!

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We reported back in the middle of June on the installation on the Loop of posts (sleepers) with wildlife carvings.  Here’s a full list of all the carvings together with the Loop entrances near which they are located!

  • Bluebell – St Werburgh’s Road
  • Fox – Athol Road
  • Foxglove – Sherwood Street
  • Bat – Ladybarn Lane
  • Thistle – Errwood Road
  • Blackbird – Nelstrop Road
  • Oak – Longford Road West
  • Bumblebee – Debdale Park
  • Ash – Fairfield

 

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In recent weeks the Thursday volunteers have completed, together with Sustrans maintenance staff, the installation of the wildlife posts by entrances to the Loop!  There are nine timber posts, each of which is carved with a different wildlife picture which can be used like a brass rubbing. The posts will also display information posters about the route.

The sleepers were bought with a Green Grant from TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission. They were carved and sponsored by M3 Industries in Salford, and the drawings for the carvings were done by volunteer Vicky Holden. Thank you to all involved!

New volunteers are always welcome to join the Thursday group so if anyone would like to come along and help from time to time (it doesn’t have to be every  Thursday) then please get in touch!

 

 

 

 

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Sharon Campbell and Rachel Ramchurn today organised a creative workshop for children at the Levenshulme Quadrants, using clay and other natural materials for modelling treasures.

Treasured memoriesAli Gadeema and Martin Visceral, spoken word artists, helped to create poems to accompany the treasures in the ‘Gallery of Gilded Frames’ that Sharon Campbell was curating, while Rachel Ramchurn offered some hands-on clay experience making tiny treasures inspired by nature that could also go in the gallery. The works of art were made by a huge variety of ages.

Hearts and flowers

The sun shone and there was a great turn-out of families taking part.  Members of the Friends had prepared the ground beforehand, and were on hand as stewards and gazebo constructors on the day.  Members of Incredible Edible Levenshulme had weeded the vegetable beds and offered planting advice to children and their parents.  Many children also used the wild stretch of shrub land towards Broom Lane for hide-and-seek and tree-climbing!  Sharon writes, “What a splendid day! We had a really good turn-out and were busy all day.  The overall feel of the day, in the gorgeous October sunshine, was a buzzing community event…A huge thank you to all those involved.”  More pictures are here.

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