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The Friends are delighted by, and fully supportive of, the plans for the former Levenshulme South station, as described in this article in the Manchester Evening News.  Here’s hoping these plans progress successfully and come to fruition!

Levenshulme South (photo: Manchester Evening News)

Levenshulme South (photo: Manchester Evening News)

A clean-up of the Loop took place over the weekend of 28th and 29th April. Thanks to organiser Charles for this update!

Volunteers principally from the Sustrans Volunteers and the Friends of the Fallowfield Loop took part in the event and over the two days filled bags and bags with litter and collected piles of un-baggable waste. These were left at the side of the track for collection by Sustrans staff with their truck. Fortunately the weather was dry and not too windy although it was unseasonably cold, particularly on the Sunday.

The statistics were:

  • Number of volunteers participating Saturday = 20
  • Number of volunteers participating Sunday = 17
  • Number of volunteers participating Monday = 1
  • Number of volunteers participating more than once = 8
  • TOTAL Volunteer-days = 38
  • TOTAL Volunteers participating = 29
  • Number of black bags filled on Saturday (Levenshulme to Gorton Reservoir) = 55
  • Number of black bags filled on Saturday (St Werburgh’s to Withington Road) = 14
  • Number of black bags filled on Sunday (Levenshulme to Withington Road) = 51
  • Number of bags filled on Monday (Gorton Reservoir to Fairfield) = 6
  • TOTAL Bags of litter collected = 126

(N.B. The bags used were large (100-litre) refuse bags equivalent to approx 1.3 bags as used by the council for litter collection.)

Unfortunately not many pictures were taken to record the event as we had our work cut out completing the route. The real record fortunately is on the Loop for everyone to see – it’s looking a real picture!

Many thanks are due again to Sustrans and the Thursday volunteers who have continued, on the first and third Thursday of every month, to work hard to maintain the Loop and its habitats. Tasks in recent months have included:

  • woodland thinning at Abbey Hey.
  • clearing an area of brambles near Nelstrop Road North, to create a wildflower area.
  • installing the wildlife posts at several Loop entrances.
  • multiple activities at the Levenshulme quadrants (digging out rubble, removing the remaining stumps of small trees, pruning the large hawthorn and cutting back the surrounding undergrowth – all with a view to having a larger open grassy area that can be kept mown short, and so provide a more useful area for community activities).

For the first outing of 2018, the group was out this past Thursday clearing the already-cut brash that was lying around the Athol Road entrance and consolidating it into habitat piles.  As well as making the entrance more attractive, this will give the bulbs planted a year ago a better chance to see the light.

For more information about these task days, which run from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., please contact us, then Sustrans or those co-ordinating the Thursday events will get back in touch!

Community clean-up

Community clean-up

Please make a note of this community clean-up taking place from Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd October 2017 – and come along to help if you can!  Although it is beyond the end of the Fallowfield Loop, the Friends will be joining several other relevant groups to help with this.  It is to improve the route known as The Yellow Brick Road or The Dry Canal, which is a 1.5-mile greenway linking the Fallowfield Loop and the Ashton Canal.  Any help will be greatly appreciated!  For more information and to register your interest, please see here.

You may have noticed some work being carried out along the Fallowfield Loop, just west of Wellington Road bridge.
Manchester City Council’s Flood team has issued an urgent notice to Sustrans to clear Fallowfield Brook. This requires removal of undergrowth along the banks for about 100m, dredging the stream to clear soil that has gradually washed into the watercourse and pulling this up onto each embankment using a digger. Some trees growing out of the bank and impeding flow will also have to be felled.
Three of the small orchard trees will need to be relocated a short distance, but this will happen when they are dormant.
The Friends of the Fallowfield Loop met with Sustrans today and discussed plans for future planting in the area after the works are complete. We will update you with details as soon as we have more information.  Information about the work is also on Sustrans North West’s Facebook page.

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

 

Today members of the Friends ran a stall at the Manchester Donkey Sanctuary Summer Fair.  Families flocked along the Loop from both directions to enjoy a fun-filled day at this amazing project!  Having a stall at this event gave us an opportunity to meet folks at the eastern end of the Loop, and to promote the Loop and the Friends’ activities.

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!

 

 

 

 

On Friday 16th June, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., we will be publicising the Loop, the Friends’ activities and Sustrans via a stall at Levenshulme night market.  The event is part of the ‘Great Get Together’ weekend to commemorate the life of the late Jo Cox MP.  We would like volunteers to help out on the stall please, so if you are able to help for upwards of half an hour, please contact us!

Over the past several months volunteers from the Friends and Sustrans have continued their excellent efforts to maintain and improve the Loop.  Recent activities have included a spring litter-pick, managing the saplings along the Loop edges, wildflower sowing and improving the grassed area at the Levenshulme quadrants!

New volunteers are always welcome 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!