Blackley Forest

The Friends Group

In October we  thought we had been awarded a Silver Gilt award for this year's Blackley In Bloom. BUT a mistake was made in the marking. We have in fact won ANOTHER GOLD!!!!


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 7pm 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 12 March
at 7 pm
Everyone welcome!


Award Winning Team!

Want to Join Us?
Call Dot on 0161 795 0900

We also have special VOLUNTEERING days - everyone welcome to come and help!
     Click here for details of all our events!                                

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

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 News & Events

2015 Greater Manchester Winter Wildlife Watch

Can you tell us what you see in your garden or local park? Record what you see over a few days this month (February) using the form you can download here.

Completed forms should be sent to 

For more information, click here to visit the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit Facebook page.
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:

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.

 is on Monday 9 March at 2 pm.  Meet at the Victoria Avenue entrance.