Over one hundred Save Turn Moss campaigners took part in a guided walk on Saturday, to celebrate their local green spaces and to publicise National Walking Month.
The 6.5 mile stroll started at Manchester Town Hall and headed out via the Bridgewater Canal past Old Trafford and onto Longford Park, before crossing Turn Moss and Chorlton then along the River Mersey before finishing at Jackson’s Boat pub.
Route organiser Andrew Read was delighted with the turnout and the smooth running of the event said: “The walk forms part of my projected ‘GM Ringway’ a long-distance trail – the walking equivalent of the M60.
“We were keen to make things as green and attractive as possible, Turn Moss is a vital link in our wider network of waterways and green spaces.”
The Friends Of Turn Moss Chair, Simon Howarth said: “The walk brought together Turn Moss users with their neighbouring communities and served as a reminder to Trafford Council how much we value our urban green lungs.
“The ill-conceived plans to build on Turn Moss will soon be withdrawn, we want to work with the Council to create a much more community focused plan.
“We now want to use this energy to improve this fantastic greenbelt space for all users, including the football teams.”
The group were joined along the way by Trafford Labour Group Leader, Andrew Western, who has already expressed his wish to engage with the community to devise a plan for future use of Turn Moss that delivers demonstrable community benefits.
Also showing support, were newly elected Green Councillor Dan Jerome and from Labour Dave Jarman together with Longford Cllr Anne Duffield and Chorlton Councillor John Hacking, all longtime supporters of the campaign.
There were representatives from The Campaign for Rural England and The Ramblers’ Kate Wilson, who was a huge help in setting up this inaugural event. Free refreshments were provided by Longford Cafe and Jackson’s Boat.
Friends of Turn Moss trustee Nixon Tod says “The walk looks set to become a regular occurrence, with many already asking when the next one will be.
“And with Greater Manchester recently in the headlines for its high levels of pollution and listed as one of the unhealthiest cities in the UK, we believe events like this are vital to allow communities to be active and happy.”