The transformation of Longford Park is set in stone after an award of £3 million in funds by the National Lottery.

The planning permission for the transformation of the popular park was approved by Trafford Council this year.

Included in the work on Longford Park, a conservation area with a history as the home of philanthropists Enriqueta Rylands and John Rylands, is work on the Long Barn and the Pets Corner as well as on the play areas and the sports areas.

There is a redevelopment of what was once Longford Hall and a reinstatement of Longford Brook as a watercourse.

All of this is the result of consultation with the public as well as organisations such as City of Trees, Environment Partnership and The Friends of Longford Park.

It is set in stone after an award of £3 million in funds by the National Lottery to be matched by Trafford Council to make up the rest of the multi-million budget.

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Liz Patel, the executive member for economy and regeneration, said: "The bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is fantastic for the council and for residents. We can now push ahead with our plan to transform Longford Park.

"Our proposal will make Longford Park an even more incredible space for thousands of residents and visitors now and in the future. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and contributed to this win. It is going to look amazing."

Richard Bond, the chairman of The Friends of Longford Park, said: "The Friends of Longford Park are delighted to hear the National Lottery Heritage Fund backed Trafford Council’s bid. 

"This investment will transform the fabric of the largest park in Trafford."

The work on Longford Park is set to start next year according to Trafford Council.

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