Other Local Parks

Friends of Moston Brook are an affiliated Friends Group

Moston Brook: Walks, Woodlands and Wildlife

Moston Brook valley is a green corridor which links Failsworth and Moston. It’s a haven for wildlife and a green oasis in the city.

The Brook has four large areas of green space:

  • Wrigley Head which links to the Rochdale Canal at the Failsworth /New Moston boundary. It has lots of circular short walks and is good for wildlife spotting.
  • Hardman Fold with meadows, woodland and a waterside walk.
  • Broadway incorporating Lower Failsworth Memorial Land. This is adjacent to Lower Memorial Park. Part of this land was purchased by public subscription after the First World War as public open space for the residents of Failsworth. This is the site on which we plan to hold our annual Moston Brook Fun Day and other outdoor events
  • Moston Fairway is a Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. It is a remarkable piece of marsh in an urban area. It produces colourful (and colourfully named) plants including marsh ragwort, sneezewort and lady’s smock. Heather and orchids grow on the site and white and yellow sedge, both rare in the county.


The Moston Brook Project, supported by Manchester City and Oldham Councils is working with local communities to transform the Brook into a clean, green space for people to enjoy nature on their doorstep. Pupils from Broadhurst Primary School use Moston Brook as an outdoor classroom and natural play area

Find out about events at Moston Brook

Friends of Moston Brook are now meeting  at the New Moston Club, 64 Parkfield Rd North, Manchester, M40 3RQ on the second Wednesday of every month, 6.15pm  It’s an informal meeting & everyone is welcome. For further info please contact Ann Bates, Moston Brook Project Officer, ann.bates@oldham.gov.uk  tel. 07801 204 804, email the group at mostonbrookfriends@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page.  The group are planning access improvements, events, volunteering sessions, guided walks and nature activities.

 The Lancashire Wildlife Trust and a volunteer group carry out work on Moston Brook every Wednesday from  10.00 until 3pm but it is  fine to  drop in for a couple of hours.  The Trust provide all equipment & hot drinks.  No special skills are needed – it’s a way to get fit, make a difference in your neighbourhood and meet new people.   If you’re interested and to get more information  please contact Adam Berry on: aberry@lancswt.org.uk , 01204 663 754 or 07795 017 318