Trafford Council has announced that its delivery phase bid of more than £3m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the £6m restoration and development of Longford Park in Stretford has been successful.

Plans for the park, which is a designated conservation area, include a new learning, training and volunteering hub in the historic long barn, along with improved sport and recreational facilities including a new BMX course and revamped sports courts and play areas.

Proposals also include the redesign of the former Longford Hall site and gardens, a revamped Pets’ Corner, the de-culverting of Longford Brook, and new footpages, seating, lighting and multimedia interpretation.

The successful bid also means there is funding for two new members of staff to be employed via partner organisation City of Trees, who will be responsible for delivering a programme of events, activities and community engagement.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “The successful bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund is fantastic news for both the Council and local residents. We can now push ahead with our exciting plans to transform Longford Park – the largest park in Trafford.

“Parks are very important to us in Trafford as they provide welcome green spaces in our neighbourhoods, help to keep people healthy and active and provide a space for nature. Our proposals will make Longford Park an even more incredible space for thousands of local residents and visitors now and in the future. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and contributed to this project win. It’s going to look amazing.”

Work is expected to start on site in autumn 2024.

Longford Park,
Edge Lane, Stretford, Manchester M32 8PX
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 28 Sep 2023