Manor Farm Park

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Manor Farm Park is over three acres of park land located behind Manor Farm Community Centre, children will love the play area and woodland adventure trim trail.

Facilities include:

  • Play area
  • Wild flower meadow
  • A new Blue Bell Woodland path and children’s adventure trim trail
  • Picnic area
  • Skate park.

Some of the oldest trees in the park are over 50 years old and to complement them the re-planted hedgerow and newly planted woodland added over 2000 native trees and plants. Over 9000 bulbs were added to the site in 2010/11 for  spring colour.

In July 2012 the Open Spaces Community Group was awarded the Peterborough Telegraph’s best green volunteer/community award and in Nov 2012 the Peterborough Development and Environment’s best green space/community project design award.

1887 map
1887 map

History

The field was used for grazing for many years and until closure in the 1960’s the Midland and Great Northern Railway ran along the bottom of the field.

In 2000 the 900 sq ft Skate Park was opened by Deputy Chief Constable Tom Lloyd. Funding for the Skate Park had been supplied by Shanks Community Projects and Eye Parish Council. In 2008 Eye Youth and Community Leaders raised over £12,000 to purchase a 35 seat Youth Shelter which opened in February 2008. The majority of the land was still overgrown and boggy and required extensive work before it could be used for any activities.

In February 2010 Eye Open Space group was the first organisation in the East of England to secure lottery grant funding through the Community Spaces programme. After 18 months of planning the improvements and applying for the grant the amount of £100,000 was awarded.

eye-open-space-planImprovements included

  • Drainage for the grass area
  • Additional seating
  • A new path to go around the field
  • A picnic area
  • A new Blue Bell Woodland path and children’s adventure trail
  • Wild Flower Meadow area
  • Levelling of the grass area
  • Solar lighting
  • Additional litter bins

The official opening was on Saturday 24 July 2010 by Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Keith Sharp. The opening day fete featured community group stalls, children’s entertainment and a dog show.

The park is still relatively new and improvements will continue into the future.

The Eye Open Space has the Green Flag Award. There are eight key criteria to the award:

  1. A welcoming place
  2. Healthy, safe and secure
  3. Clean and Well maintained
  4. Sustainability
  5. Conservative and heritage
  6. Community involvement
  7. Marketing
  8. Management

Eye Community Group members

Dale McKean, Lillian Muxlow, Di Parkin, Amanda Wall, Rosemary Robson, Viv English, Dave Richmond, Graham Camp, Paul Apthorpe, Rachel Price (The Wildlife Trust) and Frazer Chapman (Enterprise, Peterborough).

If you have any comments or concerns you would like to make about the Open Space please email the Open Spaces Community Group:

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Wild flowers
img_6574_thumb Perennial Sow Thistle – Sonchus arvensis
Flowers: May to October
Yellow dandelion type flowers that spreads by seeds or underground roots and can grow up to two meters in height.
img_6558-w185 Common Thistle – Cirsium vulgare
Flowers June to September
Can grow up to 150 cm tall. Very common on roadsides, in fields and dry moorland, can tolerate a wide range of conditions. It’s also to national flower of Scotland.
 img_6595-w185 Vetch – Vicia cracca
Flowers: May to October
A delicate meadow plant that is native to Europe and Asia with a showy heads of violet-purple flowers. Commonly found scrabbling through vegetation. Seeds are popular with birds.
 img_6569-w185 Red and White Clover – Trifolium pratense and Trifolium repens
Flowers: May to October
A perenial that is an excellent forage crop for livestock. It is native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia. Its important to Honey Bees and you can buy Clover Honey.
 img_6589-w185 Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
Flowers: May to August
A common plant in hedgerows and a known herb. Maybe be pink coloured on acid soils. Achillea’s generic name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles.
 img_6583-w185 Birdsfoot Trelfoil – Lotus corniculatus
Flowers: April to September
It is known as Bird’s-foot-trefoil as it produces seedpods arranged in a ‘bird’s foot’ pattern and its five leaflets appear trifoliate. The warm yellow flowers form a cluster of pea like flowers at the end of a short stem.
 img_6565-w185 Rosebay Willowherb – Chamaenerion angustifolium
Flowers: June to September
A popular garden flower in Victorian times that grows to over a metre high. In early autumn the plant produces hundreds of seeds, each equipped with a hairy parachute which allows them to travel large distances.
 img_6574_thumb Oxeye Daisy – Leucanthemum vulgare
Flowers: June to August
Will rapidly create a carpet of flowers in a willdflower meadow. Large, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centres on long stalks. This native wildflower is commonly found growing in bold swathes on grassy banks and roadside verges.
 img_6584-w185 Grasses
A wide range of grasses inhabit the park including:

  • Crested fogtail grass
  • Red fescue
  • Meadow Barley
  • Yellow oatgrass
Trees/Shrubs
 img_6403-w185 Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna
Deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by red or black fruits. A common hedging plant.
 img_6404-w185 Common Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
The Ash is a native broadleaf and fairly common tree. When fully grown it is a tall and graceful tree with a light domed canopy. The Ash has characteristic delicate “leaflets” rather than single leaves.Through history the Ash has played a key role. This tree was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties and the wood was burnt to ward off evil spirits. This could be why it was referred to as the “Tree of Life” in Norse Viking mythology. Even today the Ash is sometimes known as the “Venus of the woods” suggesting a magical link to life.
 acorn_w185 English Oak
Quercus robur
The English oak is probably the most well-known of the tree species native to Britain. They can live for more than a millennium, and grow up to 40 m high. Since the Druids the oak has played an important role in British culture. Couples were still wed under ancient oaks as late as Oliver Cromwell’s time and the Yule log, kept from one year to another to warm the Christmas celebrations, was traditionally cut from oak.
Oaks are some of the oldest trees in the country. At over 1,000 years old the Bowthorpe Oak close to Bourne in Lincolnshire is one of the oldest trees in Britain.
 img_6409-w185 Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus
Hornbeam is a tree that is native to England and most common in the south of the country. The leaves are similar to beech but have prominent veins and serrated edges. In the spring it bears catkins.
 img_6411-w185 Field Maple
Acer Campestre
Fast growing native deciduous plant with young foliage tinged red, turning to green, then yellow in autumn. Small greenish-yellow flowers in spring followed by winged seeds in autumn. Makes an excellent dense hedge.