What’s On: Activities, Consultations & Events

Tuesday 17th March 2020: Coronavirus update from Northern Roots

Following the latest government advice, Northern Roots is postponing all volunteering, consultation & engagement opportunities that involve people gathering, effective from today. When the situation changes, we’ll update accordingly. Please get in touch with us at any time at northern.roots@oldham.gov.uk

Activities, Consultations & Events

Northern Roots is an exciting opportunity to create the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on Snipe Clough, 160 acres of green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Northern Roots will be developed for and with local communities, creating a wide range of activities and business opportunities on Snipe Clough. This could include growing edible crops at scale, animal husbandry and bee-keeping, forestry, mountain biking, outdoor events and performances, and much more.

We are at the beginning of this journey and want as many people as possible to join us to help shape and bring Northern Roots to life. We are only in the scoping and discovery phase – nothing has been decided – and we are committed to ensuring that the local community’s needs, wishes and knowledge inform the development of the project.

Over the next six months Northern Roots will be piloting a wide range of pilot activities and events. We’ll also be running several further public consultation sessions in April and May 2020 where we can share our emerging thinking, answer questions, and gather feedback and suggestions from the local community.  And if you have ideas for other events and activities you’d like to see, or even organise at Northern Roots, we’d love to hear about them.

As we confirm dates, details will be released here on the website and across Northern Roots social platforms.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, start a conversation with us at northern.roots@oldham.gov.uk and get involved.

Northern Roots – What’s On

Citizen Science #LitterHeroes

Get involved with Citizen Science #LitterHeroes walks on Snipe Clough and make a difference as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2020.

Beekeeping Training Hub

Could you help us establish and support a community Beekeeping Training Hub? Find out more and apply here

GM Walking Festival

Northern Roots is celebrating GM Walking Festival in May 2020 with a programme of guided walks.  Come and discover beautiful Snipe Clough, meet people and find out more about the Northern Roots project.


Northern Roots – Coming Soon

Northern Roots Public Consultations:

come and find out more about the Northern Roots project, share your questions andideas.

Everyone welcome.  25 April 2020 and 17th May 2020. Time and location will be released on Northern Roots social platforms & website.
Northern Roots Equestrian Discovery Day:

Are you part of the local equestrian community?  Come & share insight& ideas for how Snipe Clough could serve the equestrian community.

Local equestrian community welcome. May 2020. Full details and date will be released on Northern Roots social platforms & website.
Northern Roots Curator for a Day:

Do you have a brilliant idea for an outdoor activity/event?  We might be able to help make it happen.

Applications open May 2020. Details available via Northern Roots social platforms and website as soon as opportunity is live. Apply via the Northern Roots website.
Northern Roots Discovery Days:

From stargazing & night walks to bird watching & bug hunting, a series of events for all the family.

Monthly, from May 2020onwards. Details and dates will be released on the Northern Roots website.
Funding for Northern Roots Food businesses:

Do you have a great idea for a food business that could grow on/from Northern Roots?

Open to local residents keen to start up or grow a Northern Roots related food business.Applications open summer 2020. Find out more and apply via the Northern Roots website when opportunity is live.
Northern Roots Summer Holiday Activities on Snipe Clough:

Sessions and activities for kids and young people of all ages.

Open to local residents – programme of activities will be released in June 2020. Details and dates will be released on the Northern Roots website.
Northern Roots Willow Weaving:

Learn basic willow weaving skills and help create beautiful willow sculptures on Snipe Clough.

Open to local residents – August 2020. Details and dates will be released on the Northern Roots website.