TURN Moss campaigners are to take to their feet to celebrate green open spaces in Trafford.

The Friends of Turn Moss will embark on a Walk for Turn Moss as planned development of the green space reaches a crucial period, with Trafford Council expected to vote on its future on May 17.

The six-and-a-half mile walk from Manchester Town Hall on May 12, is being held to celebrate a love of the borough’s green spaces.

The walkers will gather at noon for a prompt start at 12.30pm.

The walk will continue through to Trafford Town Hall at approximately 2pm for a 2.30pm start, on to the next leg of the walk, arriving at Longford Park café at 3.15pm and heading onto its final destination Jackson’s Boat to arrive at 4.30pm.

Friends group co-chairman Nigel Woodcock said: “The walk is a celebration of our green spaces and about bringing Chorlton and Stretford together. We will use Longford Park to point up the fact that it is getting no finding this year from Trafford Council.

“While it is a celebration, it is also a protest at the lack of investment by the council into our green spaces, which are not just for sports but for everybody to enjoy.”

Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville wants to develop flooded land at Turn Moss Playing Fields to create three new pitches which would be leased to the proposed University Academy UA 92 and Salford City FC, the club co-owned by the former footballer.

However, the Friends of Turn Moss say the plans offer little community benefit and said a legal challenge would follow if they are approved.