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.

We have occasional meetings to discuss our plans/events for the forest.  Please contact Dot if you would like to attend. 

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
A deer spotted between Sainsbury's entrance road and
Victoria Avenue on 24 April 2018.  Photo:  Steve Marks

Dot on new bench overlooking the River Irk
Photo:  Carolyn Chafer

   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


 News & Events

Monthly walk

Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, we have decided to cancel the monthly walk which we have been leading in the forest for more than 10 years (we think around 15). Thank you to everyone who has supported the walks during that time.

Recruitment drive
The Friends group is currently doing a recruitment drive. We are getting short of members to help out at litter picking, balsam pulling and helping out at volunteer days.  If you would like to help, please phone Dot on 0161 795 0900.


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.


Greater Manchester
Local Record Centre
The GM LRC often runs events, surveys and other activities - please see our special page for more details.

NEW:  Winter Wetland Bird Blitz - snapshot bird count of the River Irwell


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