- Rochdale, OL12 9NH
- Car park facility available
- There are currently no new memorials available at this location. You can still add to an existing memorial.
Opened in 2001, the Watergrove planting site, which nestles in the gently rising foothills of the Pennine Chain, overlooks the expansive Watergrove reservoir.
The site is accessed by driving through the quaint village of Wardle which sits along with the reservoir just outside of Rochdale with views looking towards to the Manchester skyline.
There are numerous nature walks both through 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. The reservoir is also home to a sailing club whose members on many occasions the wind surf adding to the splendour of this quite unique and pleasing area.
Although, these sites are now full to the planting of new memorial trees if you have an existing memorial tree dedicated you can still upgrade memorial plaques, add additional ashes to a memorial tree or order memorial keepsakes etc.
Now that this memorial forest is closed to new tree planting you will see slight changes in the way we manage the site. The aim is to create a forest that will mature over time and become a local amenity for both visitors and wildlife. Therefore, the management regime will move to one which is more sympathetic to environment. In practical terms this will mean a gradual reduction in grass cutting as the tree canopy closes to help promote a richer diversity of wildflowers and other ground flora.
All the memorial trees are guaranteed for 25 years and any tree which has unfortunately not established itself successfully with be replaced from a selected mixture of ‘understory’ species consisting of either Hazel, Hawthorn or Holly that will help diversify the woodland creating an even better home for nature.
Furthermore, as the memorial trees grow they will be ‘crown-lifted’ which involves removing the lower limbs of the trees to help maintain access as the trees continue to mature and allow air and light to pass through. Eventually, the plaque in front of the trees will be removed as the site transitions from a formalised memorial woodland into the memorial forest we all want it to become. At this point a new sign at the entrance to site will be erected that will let people know how the forest was established and what the trees represent.