Groups in the Park
Park groups' aims:Below are details of some of the groups and organisations that meet and spend time in the park.
- 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.
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 monthly volunteer activity afternoon on the 3rd Sunday of every month 1-4pm.
We have many different plans for developing areas of the park. In particular we are raising money to present some exciting Centenary projects in 2010, the centenary of the opening of Platt Fields.
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|
Guerilla Gardening Group
The Friends of Platt Fields Guerilla Gardening Group has taken over certain areas of the park and they look after/till them - a vegpatch, a greenhouse, a herb garden, loads of raised planter beds, a butterfly friendly area and, most recently, an orchard and soft-fruit area. Our aim is to learn to grow food and wild-life-friendly plants in the park, for ourselves and to teach others. We meet at the Lakeside centre (the greenhouse and all our tools are there) and move out into the park to do things in groups. We have tools and seeds/manure etc and gloves, but suggest you bring your own outdoor footwear and gloves if you want ones that will certainly fit.
We meet every Wednesday in summer, any time between 5:30 - 8pm (we continue to meet but less frequently in winter). You can use the website contact form if you need further information.
Platt Fields BeekeepersWith luck we shall have 4 new hives stocked with bees by the start of next year. Budding enthusiastic beekeepers will be welcome. We have already had some training sessions but if you would like to join this group, please let us know.
Fallowfield / Veterans Bowling ClubThe bowling club meets every week for competitions and informal play. If you're interested in getting involved contact Keith Jackson on 0161 225 0397.
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
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
Website: South Manchester Model Boat Club
Sure Start is the government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. It brings together early education, childcare, health and family support. Manchester Sure Start co-ordinates and supports the delivery of childcare and family support services throughout Manchester.
Sure Start funded the toddlers play area in the park. They also have a local base at Wilbraham Infants School and run several very local playgroups. For information contact Sue Maitland - s.maitland at manchester.gov.uk - 0161 219 6799. Website: SureStart
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
IBikeMcr Bike Polo
There is a team that plays regularly. Contact email@example.com
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
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
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.
Other Promoters bring events on an occasional basis. If these become traditions, we shall add the organisations into this list!
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
Manchester High School For GirlsThe school is located next to the park.
Website: Manchester High School For Girls