to our oasis in Didsbury, Manchester,

M20 5PG

It is with regret that we are posting that our highly valued colleague, Richard Finch, has died in Devon after a very long illness.  Richard will always be with us.


Our events have been cancelled until the end of May when there will be a review. We have done this because coronavirus makes these uncertain times for us all.

We look forward to meeting all our friends again at some point in the future and will keep you updated here if further events are to be cancelled.

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

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.

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School students still come to learn about gardening and raise food and flowers.