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NEWS RELEASE No: 1546017 MAY 2012

Manchester woodlands spring into life

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The Forestry Commission wants more people to visit their local woodlands this spring to get back in touch with nature.

Many hidden wildlife gems sit just minutes away from the centre of Manchester and provide the perfect escape to the country.

Forest Ranger Phil Lee said:

“Our community woodlands are right on the doorsteps for people living in towns and cities and provide an easy-to-reach getaway.

“People’s lives are so stressful these days that the woodland walks could be just what they need to relax after a busy day or week at work.”

One of the best walks near Manchester is around Queensmere Dam in Salford where great crested grebes can be spotted for the first time in 20 years.

The Forestry Commission has created floating water platforms for the birds to nest on in safety. Underneath the islands are mesh shelters that provide a habitat for fish.

Benches have been strategically placed around the walk to give people a chance to rest and parts of the walk provide spectacular views across Manchester.

Phil said:

“Community woodlands are far more accessible than they used to be. Public involvement is crucial to ensure these great projects remain and continue to grow as an integral part of the local community.”

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Notes to editors

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

Media Contact: Andrew Moores on 01606 888111 or Richard Topley, of the Forestry Commission, on 01606 324909.