Manchester's great outdoors - Top 5 selection by Kath Horwill, a freelance writer who blogs at Parklover
A beautiful space with a range of activities on offer for all ages.
Originally presented to the people of Heywood by Queen Victoria in 1879, this Grade 2 Listed park is of major landscape and historical importance.
Extensive glasshouses where total plant stock for city parks and civic buildings is propagated. Elizabethan house set in 109 acres of parkland.
Renowned for their botanical beauty, the gardens contain many antiquated and unusual plants and flowers. The park has many of its original features. One being the orchid houses situated in the Parsonage Gardens adjacent to Fletcher Moss.
Prestwich Forest Park offers 200 hectares of woodland and open space. There are plenty of places to explore and lots of wildlife to discover, regular activities, play area and mountain bike trail.