Blackley Forest

The Friends Group

The award winning Friends of Blackley Forest help to look after the forest and organise events and activities.

Manchester City Council is responsible for the overall management of the forest.

Monthly Meetings
Our bi-monthly Friends meetings are held at 7 pm on (usually) the second Thursday in the month. 

If you'd like to attend please call Dot 

Sometimes the dates do vary so for the date of the next meeting visit our diary page here
Everyone welcome!

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

Want to Join Us?
Call Dot on 0161 795 0900

Award Winning Team!

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Friends of 
Blackley Forest
   Photo: Sarah Griffiths

Welcome to our local nature reserve in Bl
ackley, North Manchester
Blackley Forest is situated in Higher Blackley, bordered by Blackley Cemetery the River Irk, Victoria Avenue and Blackley New Road.

Click here for 
maps and location

Click here for more images of the forest through the seasons


Blackley Forest Fun Day

What a scorcher! And what a great turn out. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day. Click here to see more photos!
                                     Photo: Sarah Griffiths

 News & Events

The Friends group is currently doing a recruitment drive. We are getting short of members to help out at litter picking, balsam pulling, helping out at volunteer days, attending meetings, etc. As a result of a dwindling volunteer base we are unable to hold the Fun Day in 2017. We hope this is just temporary & that we will be back next year as these days are so popular. If you want any details, please phone Dot on 0161 795 0900.


Keep Fit in the Forest

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

Health Walks

Our monthly walks are on the second Monday of each month. We meet at 2 pm at the Victoria Avenue entrance to the forest. 

After the walk, refreshments are available in Glenbrook Chapel Hall.

Everyone welcome.  Please wear suitable shoes/boots - it can be muddy in the forest.
See diary for the dates or download our flyer here.


Greater Manchester
Local Record Centre

The GM LRC often runs events, surveys and other activities - please see our special page for more details.

NEW:  Winter Wetland Bird Blitz - snapshot bird count of the River Irwell


River Irk Restoration Project

Salford Friendly Anglers Society is working on a project to restore the River Irk.
Details on their website here.