A real birthday tweet: State-of-the-art aviary latest in multi-million pound restoration for Stamford Park’s 140th

By Paddy von Behr

Tameside bird-lovers are being encouraged to visit the newly-restored Stamford Park aviary, ahead of the park’s 140th anniversary celebrations later this year.

The aviary has been brought back to life to provide state-of-the-art accommodation for a wide variety of birds, as part of the park’s multi-million pound restoration project.

And Councillor Kevin Walsh, Tameside Council’s Executive Member of Communities, is delighted with the help from local animal charities and the RSPCA.

“I would urge people to come along to meet our new pets and see for themselves how this and other much loved features in the park have been restored,” he said.

“We know the aviary has long been a favourite feature in the park and I’m sure I’m not the only person who is delighted to see it back open.

“Especially in its high welfare and secure new building where the animals can be looked after to the highest standards.”

The feature has been updated to modern safety standards, funded through Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s jointly funded Parks for People Programme.

It will house chickens, a cockerel, finches, canaries and budgerigars as well as rabbits, which have come from a local animal rescue centre.

The aviary’s opening completes the renovation of the park, which has also included the new Highfield Pavilion, the boathouse and upgrades to the crazy golf facilities.

And a series of special events are planned for this year to celebrate Stamford Park’s 140th birthday.

For information on the events and the opportunity to suggest your own activities, head to

Picture courtesy of Skinsmoke, via WikiCommons, with thanks.

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