SJ8893 : Welcome to Highfield Country Park

taken 9 years ago, near to Levenshulme, Manchester, Great Britain

Welcome to Highfield Country Park
Welcome to Highfield Country Park
Sign painted on the wall of the former railway bridge at the Highfield Road entrance to the country park.

Highfield Country Park is situated to the east of Levenshulme. It is a 70 acre area of open land that stretches to the east of Broom Avenue across to the back of Houldsworth Golf Course and over to the junction of Longford Road and Nelstrop Road.

The land was used to extract clay for the manufacture of bricks for the building industry; the clay pit and brick works existed until the 1950s when it was being operated by the Jackson Brick Company. Other businesses that have occupied the site included the UCP tripe factory, Levenshulme Dye and Bleach works, and, originally, High Field Farm.

In the 1970s, by which time it was little more than a landfill site, the area was designated as a country park by Manchester City Council. During the period 2004-5 the park was transformed from a dreary, vandalised wasteland into a country park with a picnic area and mapped out country walks. (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) "Case Study: Highfield Country Park, Manchester" (PDF). BTCV Grass Roots)

In November 2007, Highfield Country Park was declared a protected habitat for many animal and plant species.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 November, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 7 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8833 9397 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.5422N 2:10.6293W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8832 9398
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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