Hullard Park was given a timely makeover last week as Stagecoach Manchester redeveloped sections of the public park in collaboration with Trafford Council.
The activity was part of Stagecoach’s national Green Week, which encourages people to learn about their local surroundings and the environmental benefits of public transport.
This year, pupils from nearby schools, Seymour Park and Old Trafford Community Academy, were on hand to help with the restoration of Hullard Park, decorating two central flower beds with seasonal flowers and shrubs.
Stagecoach Manchester also enlisted the help of wooden sculpture specialists, MB Chainsaw, to carve a double decker bus to add further decoration to the central flower bed.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles said: “The Trafford area is one of our key commercial business areas in Greater Manchester, so it was a priority for us to involve the local community in regenerating a public park for people to enjoy over the summer months.
“We’re grateful for the help and support of Trafford Council, Seymour Park and Old Trafford Community Academy in helping to develop Hullard Park, and we hope local residents enjoy their new space over the coming months.”
Cllr Brian Shaw, deputy executive member for the environment, was pleased with the development: “It is very encouraging to see organisations and communities come together to help look after the park.
“Hullard Park is such an important green space, providing opportunities for physical activity, relaxation and fun. The Council is committed to improving the quality of our parks, and through the One Trafford Partnership, hope to regain Green Flag status for Hullard Park this year.”
Caroline Friar, teacher at Seymour Park Primary School, commented: “The children were very excited to be involved in Stagecoach Manchester’s Green Week as it gave them an opportunity to make a difference in their community and create something that they can go and look at in the future months. It was the first time some of them had ever done any gardening and they were delighted to learn about the environment.”
Old Trafford Community Academy teacher, Cheryl Balance, said: “The children have had a great afternoon helping to plant flowers and trees in their local park and we’re grateful to have been proactively involved in the regeneration.”
Following significant investment, the Stagecoach Manchester fleet now includes 132 hybrid vehicles and 63 with Euro 6 engines, offering one of the greenest services in the country – helping to lessen the impact transport has on the local environment and reduce congestion across Greater Manchester’s road.
Stagecoach Manchester closely monitors utilities usage and recycles or redirects almost 100% of its waste away from landfill Stagecoach Manchester staff are also encouraged to submit green suggestions through their Green Teams.