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Red Rose Forest
SummaryRed Rose Forest is a leading environmental regeneration initiative and the Community Forest for western Greater Manchester. We are a partnership of Natural England, the Forestry Commission, the Metropolitan Boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Trafford and Wigan and the Cities of Manchester and Salford. United Utilities is the principal private sector supporter of Red Rose Forest. Over forty years we are working to develop well-wooded, multipurpose landscapes to transform a large part of Greater Manchester into a greener, healthier and more satisfying place to live, work and invest. At the heart of our strategy is the involvement of a wide partnership of local communities, businesses and other partners in the environmental, social and economic regeneration of the area.
Area of Operation292sq. miles, covering the boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Trafford and Wigan and the Cities of Manchester and Salford.
Contact NameMike Savage, Operations Manager
Address6 Kansas Avenue Salford
CountyGreater Manchester
RegionThe North west
PostcodeM50 2GL
Telephone0161 872 1660
Fax0161 872 1680
E-Mailcontact Red Rose Forest (
History & BackgroundThe Red Rose Forest was set up in November 1991 under a Memorandum of Agreement established between the Countryside Commission, Forestry Commission, Bury, Bolton, Trafford and Wigan Metropolitan Borough Councils, Salford and Manchester City Councils. It is now in its 11th year of implementation.
Current AimsTo develop well-wooded, multi-purpose landscapes that will improve the quality of life for those living and working within the Red Rose Forest boundary, creating better environments for people to use, cherish and enjoy and for businesses to invest in.
StructureThe Forest Director reports to the Forest Partnership Group. The Partnership Group comprises two elected members from each of the partner local authorities, together with one representative from the Countryside Commission and one from the Forestry Authority. The Partnership Group determines policy as well as approving and reviewing the direction and progress of the Forest initiative. A Management Group, which comprises the funding partners of the initiative, provides guidance and technical advice to the Forest Director and the Partnership Group, with input from a number of specialist technical/advisory groups.
ResourcesStaffing: 14. Funding: Mix of public and private sector funding. Core funding from Local Authority partners, Countryside Commission and private sector.
Areas of ActivityKey Issues: 1.Adapting to and mitigating the effects of Climate Change 2.Promoting physical and mental health 3.Reducing waste and promoting recycling 4.Developing sustainable transport 5.Improving biodiversity 6.Developing community cohesion and engagement 7.Improving educational attainment 8.Improving the local economy Services: 1.Protect, manage and further develop the network of open spaces, waterways, gardens, woodlands, green corridors, street trees and open countryside that make up the Green Infrastructure across Greater Manchester. 2.Advise on and promote Green Infrastructure as a tool for integrated and strategic environmental improvements. 3.Engage local communities across Red Rose Forest, encouraging and enabling community use of green spaces and supporting sustained community involvement in Red Rose Forest. 4.Work with key partners to support the development of Regional Parks. 5.Work with key partners to support the development of renewable energy solutions. 6.Work with and support environmental and community liaison professionals through the Red Rose Forest Community Network. 7.Secure private sector involvement in the development of Red Rose Forest and generate confidence in the long-term prospects for the area. 8.Ensure integrated and coordinated working through active participation in Local Strategic Partnerships. 9.Advise and support landowners on the use of Green Waste and biosolids. 10.Work with key partners to support the creation of Timber Stations. 11.Contribute to Biodiversity Action Planning for priority habitats and species. 12.Work with schools on specific projects and campaigns and foster the educational use of Red Rose Forest. 13.Work with universities and other tertiary institutions, including academic and industrial placements and research. 14.Promote locally-produced sustainable timber products.
PublicationsThe Draft Forest Plan and Appendices, Red Rose Forest - A Forest for Life. The Forest Plan and review (CD ROM format). Red Rose Forest Newsletter (quarterly). Root and Branch - a directory of the Woodland/Forestry Industries for Red Rose Forest. Numerous promotional, advisory, trail and heritage leaflets.
SponsorsNatural England, Forestry Commission, United Utilities, NorthWest Development Agency
Other Organisations InvolvedLocal Authority / Government Agency Supporters: City of Salford, City of Manchester, Forestry Commission, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Greater Manchester Tourism, Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, North West Development Agency, North West Tourism Board, The Countryside Agency, Wigan Heritage Service. Warden groups / Environmental organisations: Groundwork, Landlife, Mersey Valley Wardens, Tree Council, Tree People, Community Technical Aid Centre. Private Sector Supporters: Co-Operative Bank, Esso, Furniture Workshop, GM Waste Ltd., Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, H. Marcel Guest, PendleWood, Shell, Timberland, United Utilities, Viridor Waste. Media and Marketing organisations: CSV Media, Cell Creative Ltd, Greater Manchester Tourism, Marketing Manchester.
Record last updated2013-04-16 11:07:37