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 2nd June
at 7 pm (includes AGM)

(Please note this has changed from the original date and will be held at Dot's house - please call 0161 795 0900)
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!


This year's Fun Day is on
Saturday 4 June!
12-4pm Top Meadow

                                          Photo: Sarah Griffiths

Crocodile Joe and his Wild World
Duck Race on the Irk
Face painting
Bouncy Castle
& more

Click here to download our flyer!
Friends of Blackley Forest
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

                                              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

Dale Belcher

We are very sad to announce the recent passing of our good friend, and long term Friends member, Dale Belcher. Always cheery and ready to muck in with a forest tidy up - he will be missed by all the Friends.

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 13th June - 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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