Welcome to a Community Garden and Wildlife Haven

in Didsbury, Manchester,

M20 5PG

The uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic is greatly limiting our current activities and making forward planning really difficult. Our events have been cancelled until we have a good clear idea as to how we can operate without unacceptable risk to volunteers and the public. We have this constantly under review and will keep you updated here as matters develop.


Thank you for your support and understanding.  Stay well, stay safe.

NEWS:  Click on the photo below for information about Harriet's Award from the University of Manchester.

Briefly - Parrs Wood Environmental Centre


The Parrs Wood Environmental Centre, formerly known as Parrs Wood Rural Studies Centre, was created by Manchester City Council in 1947 for school children from all over the city to visit regularly to learn about gardening and wildlife.  In 1990 the responsibility for running the Centre was handed over to a new voluntary group of Friends and in 2011 we were re-named Parrs Wood Environmental Centre.  The Friends are now working towards a new programme of courses and events, aiming to carry on in the 21st Century the tradition of environmental education for which the site is renowned.  We also have a lot of fun!


Our current activities include:

  • Gardening - basic skills and more specialised levels 

  • Environmental awareness and education 

  • Watching, recording and encouraging wildlife 

  • Open days

  • Talks


This website is an evolving place in which to find out more about us.  We hope you will return to it often.

Copyright for all photos - Parrs Wood Environmental Centre, 2018 - 2020.

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