Blackley Forest

The Friends Group


The Friends of Blackley Forest help to look after the forest and organize events and activities.

Manchester City Council is responsible for the overall management of the forest.
Monthly Meetings
Everyone is welcome to join us at our Friends meetings, which are held at 7 pm 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 13 August
at 7 pm
Everyone welcome!


Award Winning Team!


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

Want to Join Us?
Call Dot on 0161 795 0900


Friends of Blackley Forest

Welcome to our local nature reserve in Blackley, North Manchester

                                             Photo: Dot Keller

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.

Click here for maps and location

                                              Photo: Sarah Griffiths

River Irk Restoration Project

Salford Friendly Anglers Society is working on a project to try to restore the River Irk to its former glory. Full details can be found by visiting the society's website here.
We will post further updates about this scheme when we have them.

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 News & Events
Forest Friends!

A group of volunteers from Vodaphone joined the Friends group to spend a day pulling balsam, clearing rhododendrons and cutting down invasive ash saplings.
Many thanks to everyone for taking part!
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.

Our next walk through the forest is on Monday 10 August - meet at 2 pm at the Victoria Avenue entrance to the forest.  

Everyone welcome.  Please wear suitable shoes/boots - it can be muddy in the forest.

Manchester Garden Wildlife Survey

Please can you help with a survey about gardens and wildlife.  This is part of a gardening for wildlife project for Manchester University and Manchester City Council.

It will take about 10 minutes to complete, is very easy, and you only have to select relevant boxes to answer the questions. 

You can access the survey here: