Let the good times begin!…

Northern Roots has teamed up with Oldham Play Action Group to create ‘FlutterBy’, an awesome afternoon of play and discovery for kids and their families.  So come on down to Northern Roots on Wednesday 28th July, 1-4pm for some special summer magic!


Play, glorious play

The team at Oldham Play Action Group are passionate about play, and with over forty years of experience of ‘taking play across the borough’, they know a thing or two about how to have fun.

From giant butterflies and mini wildlife gardens to ropes, hoops and bubbles, there’ll be plenty to do and plenty of space to do it in. And it’s completely free.


Beautiful butterflies, citizen science

Fancy becoming a Citizen Scientist for a day? It’s butterfly season at Northern Roots, so we’ve lined up some guided Butterfly Walks – your chance to help us identify and record butterflies on the 160-acre Northern Roots site.

Butterfly Walks will leave at 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3pm from the Northern Roots marquee. Each Butterfly Walk takes ten minutes each way and you’ll spend 15 minutes in our meadow, seeing what you can spot. We’ll provide you with a butterfly identification sheet and friendly experts will be on hand to help.

If a walk is a stretch too far, Gallery Oldham are bringing butterfly specimens from their wonderful Natural History collection, so grab a magnifying glass and ask lots of questions!

Find out more about why it’s so important to count butterflies and why they’re a key indicator for the health of nature and wildlife, at the Big Butterfly Count 2021.


Meet Northern Roots, share your ideas

Come and meet the Northern Roots team, find out more about the Northern Roots project, be the first to see the proposed plans for the 160-acre Northern Roots site, and get involved in sharing your ideas.

Alison Thornton-Sykes, the architect leading the design of the proposed Visitor Centre and Learning Centre at Northern Roots, will be with us at the event. What kind of buildings would you like to create? What do you want to do or see in those buildings? What do you want to experience, learn or operate at Northern Roots?

We’d love to meet you and hear your thoughts.

What you need to know

Northern Roots is located right next to Oldham’s award-winning Alexandra Park.


The entry point to the Northern Roots site and to this event, is at the junction where Kings Road meets Honeywell Lane. The best post code to use for Sat Nav is OL8 2BJ. This event will take place on the playing fields at this location.

There is a small car park and parking is free. However, if there is no parking available, you can park in the Alexandra Park carpark on Kings Road or on Kings Road itself.

The event is free to attend and no booking is required.

The play element of the event is aimed at children aged four to twelve, but everyone is welcome.

Children and young people under the age of 18 wishing to come on our Butterfly Walk must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The nearest public toilets are a short walk away in neighbouring Alexandra Park.

In order to keep everyone safe, we have fully risk assessed this event in relation to Covid 19. The event takes place outdoors, in the open air, on a large playing field. You will be encouraged to make use of the sanitiser provided, to maintain social distancing where applicable, and our friendly volunteers will help regulate the number of children and people in any one area.

And finally…

We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of summer fun! If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with us on social or at northern.roots@oldham.gov.uk