Heaton Mersey is a lush green suburb of Stockport and
Manchester with a wealth of open spaces, fishing ponds and
the river Mersey set within an historic built environment.
We belong to a strong, diverse community and we are
committed to encouraging all residents to take a pride in
their local area by organising free or low cost, community
events for everyone.
We act as the “Friends” group for the Heaton Mersey Park and
the natural green amphitheatre that is Heaton Mersey Bowl
and we liaise with other local groups to provide them with
an opportunity to showcase their groups at our community
HMVCG is a non-religious, non-political, community group
that is open to all and was formed out of the SOB (Save Our
Bowl) campaign, that lobbied to encourage the authorities to
route the proposed Metrolink extension around rather than
through the beautiful Heaton Mersey Bowl.
Since our founding in 1999 we have organised twice yearly
Farmers’ Markets & Family Fun Days at Easter and in the
Autumn, to promote healthy and environmentally sustainable
We have funded and lobbied for enhancements to Heaton Mersey
Park and the Bowl including the installation of new benches,
new park signs and the development of a master plan for the
We have run volunteer days to help clear overgrown foliage,
to plant flower bulbs and shrubs and we have collected
hundreds of bags of litter from the local parks and ponds.
We have also organised and run Local History evenings to
help local people understand the historical and geographical
context that led to the development of the modern Heaton
Mersey from a Bronze Age settlement through the industrial
revolution and on to present day.