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Friends of Burrs Country Park

The Friends of Burrs group is a collection of local residents and park users who are passionate about Burrs Country Park. The Friends group was set up to take over the Community Management of the park, as funding from Bury Council is gradually phased out. We have won funding from several sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund and Tesco Bags to Help in order to improve and develop the park for the future.

The Friends group have bi-monthly meetings to discuss issues in the park and hear the views of local residents and park users. There are also meetings with Bury Council representatives to take matters arising up to the relevant departments.

We have representation on the Burrs Strategic Planning group and the Heritage Lottery grant committee to keep track of the move to Community Management of Burrs.

The group supports local businesses and takes part in the events held at Burrs.

The Friends group organise regular litter picks around the park to keep it looking beautiful. During the summer season the Friends group also organise Balsam Bashes to try to keep this invasive weed in check.These can be a big tasks as we have water courses within the park that makes some of the litter collection and balsam uprooting difficult to do.

We have our own rock painting group, called Burrs Stones, to spread the word about our beautiful park.

The Friends of Burrs Gardening Club help maintain and improve areas which have been neglected due to the limited budget for parks. The group work on tasks such as tidying beds, replanting, trimming back footpaths, weeding, working on the sensory beds and the new incredible edible areas. The Garden group meet on Tuesday afternoons and have task days throughout the year.

Friends of Burrs is always looking for more volunteers to get involved with the park, both in it's physical management and for organising events and fund raising activities.

If you are interested in getting involved in any aspect of the park or would simply like to know what's going on in terms of progress, physical improvements and community involvment opportunities, please email us on or visit our Friends of Burrs Country Park website

Who to contact

Contact Name
Laura Ettrick
Contact Position
Friends of Burrs Country Park Executive Committee
01204 381565
Friends of Burrs Country Park Website
Facebook Page 

Where to go

Burrs Country Park
Woodhill Road

Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell covering an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile north of Bury town centre.Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats - woodland, openspace, wetland, ponds and waterways. The park is a great place to visit, an ideal spot for a range of activities including walking and runing, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, bird watching and nature study as well as picnicing.  

Burrs Country Park has been awarded a "Much Loved" certificate in the UK's Best Park Competition 2019. Burrs was placed in the top 20% of parks nationwide and in the Top Ten parks in the Northwest. The park owes part of its existence to Bury's industrial past, many remnants of which still exist today. 

The East Lancs Railway runs through the park between Heywood and Rawtenstall through Bury with trains stopping at the Burrs Country Park Halt. 

The Irwell Sculpure Trail also runs through the park and there are four sculptures within the park. 

The Lamppost Café opened in the renovated workers' cottages is dog friendly and serves tasty food and exellent coffee. 

The Brown Cow pub located in the grounds of the park is one of the oldest pubs in Bury opening in 1752. 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club has a site within the park offering all types of pitches in scenic surroundings.

Burrs Country Park has retained a Green Flag Award since 2005. The national Green Flag Award scheme recognises excellence in greenspace management and measures criteria such as cleanliness, maintenance, sustainability, community involvment, heritage, nature conservation, health,safety, security and overall management.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open all day, every day.
Session Information
Not applicable

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This page was last updated on: 14/10/2019


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