Looking to visit Trafford Ecology Park?

Generally, Trafford Ecology Park is open to the general public Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm (excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas and New Year break). However, it is recommended that you contact the office before visiting on 0161 220 1000 or by email on greatermanchester@groundwork.org.uk if you are making a special visit as there may be exceptions where these opening times cannot be supported.

ATTENTION: The car park is undergoing construction work and may be unavailable from time to time. Parking is available on Lake Road. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The History of Trafford Ecology Park

Tucked away in the industrial heart of Trafford Park is the beautiful Trafford Ecology Park; a registered Site of Biological Importance and a true wildlife oasis.

The 11-acre Ecology Park, just a five minutes’ drive from Salford Quays, was once part of the the Trafford family estate and was used as a popular boating lake. Trafford Park was sold off at the end of the 19th Century and so began it’s journey to becomes the largest industrial estate in Europe. Following years of misuse, restoration work was undertaken in the 1980/90s to create the current Ecology Park which has now become home to a variety of habitats and an abundance of wildlife from rabbits to kestrels. 

The Ecology Park is managed by environmental charity, Groundwork Greater Manchester, whose office is located within the Ecology Park along with several meeting room spaces which are available for hire. Groundwork and local volunteers do their best to keep the Ecology Park well maintained however help is always welcome from corporate volunteers. The Groundwork team offer a variety of skills and services within the Ecology Park from Forest School to SHEQS training.

Find the Ecology Park

Trafford Ecology Park is located on Lake Road, Trafford Park, M17 1HB.

If arriving by car there is a small car park within the Ecology Park, however, spaces are limited. There is street parking available on Lake Road if spaces aren’t available within the main car park.

The nearest Metrolink stop is currently MediaCityUK, which is then followed by a 25min walk however construction is currently underway to expand the Metrolink network through Trafford Park. This work is likely to disrupt Bus routes in the area, therefore, please visit Transport for Greater Manchester for the latest information about getting here by bus.

Bicycles can be locked securely in our on-site bike store which also features a free to use bike pump.

Ecology Park Opening Times

The general opening times are specified below however there may be exceptions where these cannot be supported therefore to avoid disappointment please contact us before visiting to on 0161 220 1000.

The typical park opening hours are as follows:

Monday: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday: 9am - 4pm
Wednesday: 9am - 4pm
Thursday: 9am - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Bank Holidays: Closed

Christmas Closure

Trafford Ecology Park will be closed to the public from midday Christmas Eve until Thursday 2nd January 2020.