The great outdoors
Wythenshawe was built on Garden City principles being close to 'town and country', making it a lovely environment in which to live.
Tree coverage in Wythenshawe is almost double the average for towns in England. There are 18 woodland areas in Wythenshawe including Hatchetts Wood, Newall Green Nature Area and Princes Spinney which has 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) status.
Wythenshawe Park covers over 270 acres of green space and is home to Manchester’s only community farm. At the centre of the park is the historic Wythenshawe Hall with its Civil War and Tatton heritage. The park also has riding stables, a horticulture centre, children’s play area, athletics track, football pitches, tennis courts, bowls and golfing facilities.
Northenden Riverside Park, opened in 2008 is the first new park to be established in the city this century and has been awarded Green Flag status. The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales and began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.
The area also has eleven other parks - Alderman Rodgers Park, Bagul;ey Park, Chesterton Park, Culmere Park, Hollyhedge Park, Kirkup Gardens, Milky Button Park, Painswick Park, Peel Hall Park, Tayfield Park and Southwick Park, all managed by Manchester City Council.
A conservation area protects the heart of old Northenden Village and its location within the Mersey Valley offers riverside walks and links to the Transpennine Way.
Wythenshawe is also a good place to grow your own, boasting over 300 allotment plots.