The Annual Easter Event attracts over 500 people between 1pm and 4pm. Getting Manchester Moving, Community Funding, Grassroots Grants, Manchester Leisure, Four Avenues Residents Association, and Friends of Highfield Country Park organise the event. The day involved displays by Birds of Prey, egg hunting, willow weaving, and egg & spoon racing.
Spring 2009: The Friends of Fallowfield Loop have been funded by the National Lottery through Awards for All for Local Artist Rachel Ramchurn to create a series of public sculptures for the Fallowfield Loop in Levenshulme.These Sculptures will be installed at the beginning of May 2009. The intention behind this project is to create an experience that will inspire and energize people to care for and protect The Fallowfield Loop,Highfield Country Park and surrounding areas. The wood used for this project is Grey poplar, the sculptures are all from the same tree which was growing in Highfield Country Park, Levenshulme (adjacent to the Fallowfield Loop). The trees were felled in October when officers from Manchester City Council Agricultural Department noticed they were a hazard to nearby flats. Grey poplars are self-seeding and do grow quite large.
11/4/09: BBC Greater Manchester Radio mention Four Avenues Residents Association and Friends of Highfield Country Park’s Easter Event for the forthcoming Easter Monday.
23/3/09: Katie from BTCV in South Manchester wrote on BTCV’s news site the following, “Wildlife is benefiting from further improvements to woodlands in the heart of inner city Manchester. Highfield Country Park is a Local Nature Reserve in Levenshulme, Manchester. Known to locals as ‘The Piggeries’, this former brickworks and landfill site has been completely transformed over the last decade into a haven for wildlife and people in the middle of the urban sprawl. The site contains an unrivalled diversity of habitats and the woodlands have been the focus of recent attention from the Friends of Highfield Country Park and volunteers from BTCV. Funding from Greening Greater Manchester is going towards tree felling to improve the balance of the woodland and increase the diversity of wildlife. The felled trees are being re-used to create natural log-edged woodchip paths. These footpaths help make the woodland accessible and enjoyable for visitors.” Image copyrighted to BTCV News.
2005: Highfield Country Park was transformed during the year-long Prudential Grass Roots project in 2005. BTCV, Prudential and Manchester Arndale, the project partners, recognised significant potential to build on the success of this initial Grass Roots project. Through having a specific focus on young people and engaging them in activities in the park, the project partners aimed to limit anti-social behaviour and to increase a sense of ownership and respect for the space. Activities included pond dipping and maintenance; Litter picking and cleaning up; Habitat creation for butterflies; Family picnics; Diwali & Eid celebrations; and a Circus skills event.
2004: The transformation process by Prudential and Manchester Arndale enabled local people to learn new skills, to provide a safe and accessible green space for people from other neighbourhoods who use the Fallowfield Loop to
enjoy. The Fallowfield Loop, which goes through the Park, is a former railway line now used as a footpath, cycle route and bridleway. They built a picnic area next to the Fallow field Brook and close to the cycle route. It gave children from four primary schools an outdoor classroom in which they can learn about wildlife and other topics linked to the National Curriculum. The field enabled people with limited mobility and families with children in push-chairs to access ponds, woodland and meadows through the network of boardwalks and wide footpaths.