Groups in the Park

Park groups' aims:
  • Enhance the park, creating an inviting, inspiring, and quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
  • Increase levels of self- confidence and motivation for the people involved in the projects.
  • Enable local people's voice and influence in the area.
  • Raise awareness of the parks history and its vital role in our heritage.
  • Set up projects which encourage cross working, for example cross generational projects.
  • Generate a sense of pride and interest in the local environment.
  • Push Platt Fields Park forward in the City Councils priorities for parks.
  • Provide a comparison projects for other Friends groups and community organisations.
  • Provide increased opportunities for relaxation.
  • Provide increased opportunities for exercise.
  • Provide increased creative, artistic and cultural experiences.
  • Raise awareness of horticultural training projects, green gym etc.
  • Create a forum for understanding wildlife and the role this plays in our lives.
  • Give valid, meaningful experiences to young offenders and school refusers.
  • Bring more people in to the park for ongoing events, thereby contributing economically to local businesses, and hopefully decreasing isolated incidences of vandalism and crime.
Below are details of some of the groups and organisations that meet and spend time in the park.

Friends of Platt Fields >>
Powwow Eco Arts >>
South Manchester Model Boat Club >>
MCR Leisure Park Warden Service >>
Platt Fields Cycling Group >>
British Military Fitness >>
Streets Ahead / Manchester
International Arts >>
Manchester Megamela >>
Dashhehra Diwali Mela >>
Manchester Gallery of Costume >>
Manchester High School For Girls >>


 

Friends of Platt Fields


We exist to support the park and encourage greater use of this wonderful space by the public. We hold meetings and small events here. We also run a Once-A-Month (OAM) volunteer activity afternoon on the 3rd Sunday of every month, from 1-4pm.

We have many different plans for developing areas of the park. If you have any ideas you would like to share we would love to hear from you!

Look at our homepage for details about us. We also look after two other smaller interest groups:

- Dog Walking Group

   This group exists to make sure the parks policy on dogwalking is sensible and coherent. The group will be campaigning for an off lead fenced training area in 2009. Contact Victor Blunden on 225 0879 or email: vblunden at careforfree.net

- Bird Watching Group

   This is a new group, wishing to record our bird population, where they live and what food they eat and how to increase the diversity of birdlife in the park. They are also monitoring the recent arrivals of Ring Necked Parrakeets, to make sure they do not damage the ecology of other birds. Contact Victor Blunden on 225 0879 or email: vblunden at careforfree.net



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Powwow Eco Arts


Powwow Eco Arts aim to raise awareness of environmental issues through art, (particularly in urban areas); to promote collaborative creativity between the arts, environmental and community sectors and to promote sustainable living. They have a strong focus on the senses, creating inspiring and unusual spaces and surroundings.

Powwow has been transforming a derelict piece of land in Platt Fields Park into a quirky, innovative, recycled Eco Arts Garden -Quirky Beasts. We have been helped by a group of "Young Offenders" who have enthusiastically landscaped the area: building and mulching paths, creating a wildlife pond, choosing and putting in new plants and flowers and supervising the installation of art works. Powwow feel the program creates a space where these young people can "learn by doing" and can also attend workshops to build on their skills in the same setting that they themselves have created. Through the project they have had the opportunity to increase their awareness of their own local environment as well as broader issues surrounding it. They have created a space that has made them newly aware of their own capabilities and given them something to be proud of. Volunteers, placements and artists are welcome to help with the project - further details can be found on the news page.

Website: Powwow Eco Arts

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South Manchester Model Boat Club


The club was established in 1980 as the Platt Fields Model Boat Club with two objectives:
  • To promote the construction and sailing of model boats
  • To organise, hold and attend model boat competitions
In 1998 they decided to change the name of the Club to the South Manchester Model Boat Club so as to better reflect their location and the area of population they serve. The Club has the exclusive use of the boating lake and sails there every Sunday morning from 9.30am until approx. 1.00 pm. Visitors are always welcome, but why not become a member. Sailing is permitted at other times on this water provided permission is first obtained from the Park Managers office, and a current Club membership card is produced.

Website: South Manchester Model Boat Club

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Manchester Leisure Park Warden Service


Our full time warden is Ria Page. She is the link with communities in the park and she organises activities and workshops in nature-related topics - bulb planting, birdbox making, litter picking. She also helps groups with fundraising and planning projects. She is responsible for the Park User meetings and linking these into the Green Flag applications each year.

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Platt Fields Cycling Group


Various organised cycling takes place around the park, including the following:

Mondays 10 - 12noon CTC Cycling for Health
Free Health Referral Programme - people referred by their GPs to do cycling as a form of exercise. If you wish to join, speak to your doctor. Bikes and helmets provided.

Mondays 10 - 12noon Cycling for All Group run by Pete North
Small charge to take part, bikes and helmets available.

Any other time...
Mark Gumbs, Cycling Development officer for Manchester, will take groups out on bikes. You need to contact him directly. There is sometimes a waiting list. His contact is 0161-232-3102 mark.gumbs@ctc.org.uk

IBikeMcr Bike Polo
There is a team that plays regularly. Contact nesthebear_23@riseup.net

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British Military Fitness


British Military Fitness train in Platt Fields 3 times a week.

Classes are weekly on the following days:
  • Tues & Thurs 19:00-20:00
  • Sat 12:00-13:00

Military fitness classes last one hour.

At British military fitness there are three levels of class: BLUE-beginners class, RED-intermediate and GREEN-advanced class. Classes are all taken by fully qualified fitness instructors; either serving or ex-military personnel.

Your first class is FREE and full price list and more details are listed on our web site www.britmilfit.com

Meeting point is the main gate on Platt Lane. See you there!


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Streets Ahead / Manchester International Arts


Manchester International Arts have been using the park as a base to host free family events over a number of years. They have presented circuses, single performance shows, events and festivals such as the Garden of Delights and now the annual Feast - Picnic by the Lake! Which takes place at the beginning of June every year.

These events are in a league of their own in terms of both the amazing array of cultures that come together to share the experience and the offer to local community groups ands organizations to use the events as platforms for their own activities.

These events have provided a real kickstart for the park, take place all over the site and now attract people from far and wide.

Website: Manchester International Arts

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Manchester Mega Mela


Annual weekend festival of all things South Asian - stalls, markets and culture from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. 80,000 people over the weekend, of all ages from across the North West

Website: Manchester Mega Mela

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Dashhehra Diwali Mela


Giant Fire sculptures, lantern parades, music, dance and fireworks feature in this annual Hindu 'Festival of Lights' that takes place in October every year and attracts ever larger crowds.


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Other Promoters bring events on an occasional basis. If these become traditions, we shall add the organisations into this list!


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Manchester City Galleries - Gallery of Costume


Manchester City Galleries is a council department that runs not only Manchester Art Gallery, but several other galleries, including the Gallery of Costume in Platt Hall, at the northern end of Platt Fields. It houses one of the largest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in Britain, containing over 20,000 items. Visitor information can be found on their website.

Website: Manchester Galleries - Gallery of Costume

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Manchester High School For Girls

The school is located next to the park.

Website: Manchester High School For Girls

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