Blackley Forest

The Friends Group

The award winning 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
Our Friends meetings are held at 7 pm on the second Thursday in the month. 

If you'd like to attend please call Dot on 0161 795 9000 to find out where the meeting is to be held.

Our next meeting is:

Thursday 12th May
at 7 pm
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!


Friends of Blackley Forest
Daffodils in 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


This year's Fun Day is on
Saturday 4 June!
12-4pm Top Meadow
Crocodile Joe and his Wild World
Duck Race on the Irk
Face painting
Bouncy Castle
& more

Click here to download our flyer!


                                              Photo: Sarah Griffiths

Click here for more images of the forest through the seasons

River Irk Restoration Project

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

 News & Events

This Saturday 30th April
Meet 10am Victoria Avenue entrance
All help gratefully received!!!

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 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 9th May - 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.
See diary for more dates!
Manchester Garden Wildlife Survey

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

It takes just 10 minutes and is very easy to do. Click here

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