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The Parrs Wood  Rural Studies Centre (PWRSC) was created by Manchester City Council in 1947. School children from all over the city visited regularly to learn about gardening and wildlife.

In 1990 the responsibility for running the Centre was handed over to a new voluntary group, Friends of PWRSC.

The project closed in 1998 to make way for the rebuilding of the area.

Since 2004 the Friends have been rescuing the gardens from the brambles and weeds which thrived in those six years.

More about our history


The Friends are now working towards a new programme of courses, practice and events, aiming to carry on in the 21st Century the tradition of environmental education for which the site is renowned.




The programme will include:
  • Gardening - basic skills and more specialised levels
  • Environmental awareness and education
  • Watching wildlife
  • Sustainability
  • Open days
  • Talks
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We are currently developing the site in line with our future plans

There are several ways you can be of help

Existing activities can be found by checking the Calendar.

If you want to see how the site used to be and how it is now, check out the photo galleries.

The map of the Centre links you to pages describing its different areas and giving more details of the plants and trees.

The Centre is to be found behind Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre at theTravelodge end. Here is a map of the area, showing how to find us by foot or car. 

If you are interested in volunteering please get in contact and arrange a working visit.



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