Gifted to the people of Altrincham in 1917 by wealthy industrialist John Leigh, this 14 acre park celebrated its centenary this year with a fabulous public event. The park is used for a multitude of sports activities, children’s play and of course dog walking and peaceful contemplation. The park holds a Green Flag award and boasts a variety of mature trees including a 250 year old English Oak as well as a Long Perennial Border flanking an Ornamental Garden which has recently been replanted with perennials and an annuals carpet bedding feature.
It also houses the only aviary in Trafford which is home to around 70 birds including Zebra Finches, Budgerigars and Cockatiels. The Friends of John Leigh Park, founded in 2002, are extremely active, working alongside One Trafford to preserve and improve the park and its facilities including the aviary which they are solely responsible for.
Stunning Denzell House not only boasts a beautiful ornamental pond in its grounds but also a horticultural gem – the Victorian Sunken Garden. Revived by the Friends’ group volunteers, it provides interest all year round. Despite the devastating spread of Phytopthora recently, the gardens continue to delight visitors. An annual Book Festival takes placed on the lawn at Denzell House. The Devisdale, which adjoins the gardens, is a popular place for dog walkers and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife. The wildlife pond has recently been rejuvenated and some of the natural materials for our Bug Hotel came from the grasslands surrounding it.
Our best wildlife conservation site is King George V Pool, a fishing lake which boats a variety of aquatic, bird and mammalian life. The Friends group works hard all year round to maintain the trees, the pathways and the all-round health of the lake and its ecosystem.
There are all sorts of bat and bird boxes in the trees