Opened on Tuesday 4th December 2001, the Watergrove planting site, which nestles in the gently rising foothills of the Pennine chain is established at this extensive reservoir area at Wardle, Rochdale.
The site is accessed by driving through the quaint village of Wardle. Wardle Road, which takes visitors straight up to the Memorial Forest planting area, is accessed by the main road leading from Rochdale to Littleborough A58.
The planting area is renowned for its wonderful unrestricted views across the reservoir valley with the towns of Rochdale, Littleborough and the city of Manchester clearly visible in the distance. This really is an exquisite, beautiful site and a most suitable place to plant a Memorial Tree in respect and in memory of a lost loved one.
The site is proven to be extremely popular because of its high landscape value and many trees have been planted in this area for clients who have renewed their wedding vows and wish to celebrate that occasion. There is easy access for disabled visitors and a wide but rough pathway runs through the centre of the Forest of Remembrance.
The site lends itself to beautiful views and vistas even in the most extreme of weather conditions. This site is highly recommended for visitors who like walking. There is a nature walk from the planting site over the Pennines leading to Todmorden and the Yorkshire Dales. Two picnic areas with benches and tables are situated on the flat lawned area close to the reservoir itself. On many occasions the wind surfers that can be seen using the reservoir add to the splendour of this quite unique and pleasing area.