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Blackley Forest

Welcome to Blackley Forest

The Friends of Blackley Forest welcome you to enjoy our local nature reserve in Blackley, North Manchester.

Blackley Forest is situated in Higher Blackley, bordered to the east by Blackley Cemetery and Crematorium, the west by the River Irk, the north by Victoria Avenue and the South by Blackley New Road.

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Photo: Dot Keller

Friends Group

Manchester City Council is resp
onsible for the overall management of the forest. The Friends of Blackley Forest help to look after the forest and organize events and activities.

Monthly Meetings
Everyone is welcome to join us at our Friends meetings, which are held at 7pm on the second Thursday in the month at:

 Glenbrook Hall
Glenbrook Road, Manchester M9 0PQ
 (The entrance to Glenbrook Road is opposite the Victoria Avenue entrance to the forest)

Next date: Thursday 8 May at 7 pm which includes our AGM. 
Everyone welcome!

Want to Join Us?

If you are interested in joining the Group as a volunteer, please phone Dot on 
0161 795 0900 for details.

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Keep Fit in the Forest!

Download our information sheet "Keeping fit for action days" to help you to prepare for working in the forest or gardening in your own back yard.

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Location map
(click to view a larger map in a new window)


Click here for a more detailed walking map showing three different pathways graded for easy, moderate or hard walking.  Please feel free to print the map to take with you whilst walking in the forest.

Blackley Forest is ideal for outdoor recreation. Walking, fishing and bird watching are just a few of the activities you can enjoy.


Making bird boxes and bug homes
 at the Blackley Forest Open Day.

Photo:Julian Sorfleet

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FOREST CODE

We would like you to enjoy your visit to Blackley Forest Nature Reserve. During your visit please follow the countryside code, in particular we ask you:

  • NOT TO DISTURB THE WILDLIFE
  • NOT TO PICK WILD FLOWERS - LEAVE THEM FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY
  • TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG
  • TO KEEP YOUR DOG UNDER CONTROL
  • AND TO TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME WITH YOU




News & Events

THE date for your diary: Saturday 7 June!!!

Photo: S Griffiths
This year's 
Blackley Forest Fun Day
is o
Saturday 7 June 
12 pm - 4 pm

                           Click here for details : 

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The next HEALTH WALK is on
  Monday 12 May at 2 pm. 
Meet at the Victoria Avenue entrance.

We also have special VOLUNTEERING days - everyone welcome to come and help!


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***Outstanding***

The Friends Group has won yet another Outstanding In Bloom Award - the fourth year on the run! Thanks to everyone who has helped to get Blackley Forest to award winning status. Now let's continue the good work and win again next year!


The team with our award: Rod and Dot Keller (Chairman), Denise Bowen (Vice Chair / Secretary), Mike Bowen and Bernard Healey (Treasurer)

Successful grant application
Good news!  We have been successful in our bid for a grant from the NE England Horticultural Society.  This is to purchase shrubs for the Kendall Road entrance. Further details of the plan will follow.

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