Blackley Forest

Welcome to
Blackley Forest


Blackley Forest is your 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 2018

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.

Silver award for the forest in 2021

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

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

Dot, Chair of the Friends of Blackley Forest
enjoying the sunshine  in the forest.
Photo:  Carolyn Chafer

Dappled sunlight through the trees in the forest.
Photo: Sarah Griffiths

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.

River Irk Restoration Project

Salford Friendly Anglers Society is working on a project to restore the River Irk.

Details on their website here.