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.

Click here for more about the Friends Group


We also have special VOLUNTEERING days - everyone welcome to come and help!

Click here for details of all our events!

Want to Join Us?

Call Dot on 0161 795 0900


Award Winning Team!

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The Friends of

Blackley Forest


A deer spotted between Sainsbury's entrance road and

Victoria Avenue on 24 April 2018. Photo: Steve Marks

Photo: Carolyn Chafer

Photo: Sarah Griffiths

Welcome to our local nature reserve in Blackley, 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.