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Forest and woodlands

We have been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of a well managed forest.

This means that with the help of grants from the Forestry Commission, woodlands within our ownership are managed for wildlife, recreation and access.


Woodlands included in this scheme are:

  • Healey Dell
  • Alkrington Wood
  • Hopwood Wood
  • Syke
  • Scowcroft
  • Sudden Brook
  • Wince Brook
  • Springfield Park
  • Roch Valley
  • Hollingworth Lake Woodlands
  • Summit Quarry
  • Calderbrook Terrace
  • Barkers Wood
  • Irk Valley

Pennine Edge Forest

Pennine Edge Forest is a community woodland initiative on the eastern edge of Greater Manchester. The forest covers the districts of Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside and is a partnership of the 4 local authorities, Forestry Commission, United Utilities, Groundwork Trusts and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. The partnership was formed in 2003.

Although there are many superb existing woodlands within Rochdale and the Pennine Edge Forest, such as those at Healey Dell and Alkrington Woods, only 3% of the total forest area is wooded, compared to 9% for England as a whole.

Woodlands are wonderful habitats not only for wildlife, but also for recreation and education. Trees act as natural air filters, removing pollution and dust from the atmosphere. They also can improve the image of an area, regenerating derelict land making it more attractive for investors and for those who live and work in the area.

The Pennine Edge Forest provides a fantastic opportunity for the region and represents the long-term commitment made by Rochdale and its partners to increasing the quality and percentage of tree and woodland cover, and improving the environment for everyone who lives or works within the area.

As well as working to create new woodlands and manage existing woodland areas, Pennine Edge Forest will also:

  • Work with local communities to offer opportunities to get involved in practical activities.
  • Develop community events and educational opportunities for schools.
  • Bring neglected woodlands back into community life.
  • Enrich local biodiversity.
  • Provide accessible recreational woodlands on the doorstep of urban neighbourhoods.
  • Develop innovative ways to green local neighbourhoods, business landscapes and encourage private landowners to plant new woodlands on unused land.

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Closed for training Monday 11am–11.30am.

Environmental Management
Green Lane
Heywood OL10 2DY
(Postal address only)

Green Flag Award.

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