Environment

Timperley park dedicated as a protected site in memory of World War One dead

By David Prior at

A Timperley park has been dedicated as a protected site in memory of those who lost their lives in World War One.

A large area of Newton Park has been dedicated as a Centenary Field by Fields in Trust, supported by the Royal British Legion.

The Centenary Fields programme protects parks and green spaces forever to honour the memory of the millions of men and women who fought in the Great War.

The nomination for the dedication was put forward by a local resident and supported by the Friends of Newton Park. In response, Trafford Council applied to Fields in Trust for the selected area of the park to be dedicated.

Newton Park in Timperley

The Friends of Newton Park plan to hold an event on May 24 to celebrate the commemoration.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, said: “The Centenary Fields programme is very important. It ensures that sites around the country will always remain as a living memorial to those who gave their lives in World War One.

“Newton Park is a beautiful site and we are delighted it has been named a Centenary Field by Fields in Trust. Good luck to everyone involved in the campaign – we are proud to support it.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Edward Newton (1859-1937) originally owned what is now known as Newton Park and he bequeathed it to the people of the local area in 1937.