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 the second Thursday in the month. 

If you'd like to attend please call Dot 

For dates of the next meetings 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

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.

You're welcome to come along to our monthly walks on the second Monday of the month. We meet at 2 pm at the Victoria Avenue entrance to the forest.

Refreshments will be available as usual in Glenbrook Chapel Hall.

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


River Irk Restoration Project

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