Millennium Oaks

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. In 1999, in the middle of a campaign to preserve Ryebank Fields as a public amenity and green space, we were all encouraged, by the government and others, to plant trees for the millennium to combat global warming, now more accurately referred to as climate change. Even The Archers (Radio 4) planted a millennium wood.

Local Green Space application

Please help the Save Ryebank Fields campaign by responding to Manchester City Council’s consultation on the ‘Manchester Local Plan’ and encourage everyone you know to do so aswell. This could be our best chance to save Ryebank Fields. You don’t have to live in the Manchester borough to do this. We need as many people as possible to respond to the Council’s consultation before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 3 April 2020, but please do it NOW.

Our campaign on BBC Radio Four

BBC Radio 4 featured our Ryebank Fields campaign on Open Country on January 23rd. Please follow the link to hear our story.

Community Walks

All are welcome to join our community walks, every Sunday at 12.30pm, on Ryebank Fields. Come along to meet new friends and find out more about this special place. We’ll be looking at its unique features including the Nico Ditch, Aspen Grove and Millennium Oaks; listening to bird song and taking time to breathe. You can use our Community Walks leaflet - download here - for a self-led walk on Sundays or at any other time.


Ryebank Fields are GREENFIELD. The Greater Manchester Open Data Infrastructure Map (GMODIN) produced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the 10 councils that make up Greater Manchester, clearly shows that the land is classed as greenfield. Plus Ryebank Fields is NOT included in the Brownfield register for Greater Manchester. Paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework states: local planning authorities should use the full range of planning tools available, including brownfield registers…

TV news

Watch this short news piece on That’s TV Manchester about our campaign to save Ryebank Fields from housing development.

Constitution and elected members

Thank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural AGM on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. It was a really well attended meeting where we formally adopted our constitution and elected our committee. We are very pleased to say that we are now a legally constituted group and as such will be seeking to be involved at every stage of consultations with Manchester Metropolitan University, in relation to their ongoing development proposals for Ryebank Fields, which we will, of course, continue to oppose.

Final development framework

Manchester Metropolitan University’s final development framework for Ryebank Fields which was approved by Manchester City Council in July 2019 can be viewed here. The framework is now part of the planning process and any future development proposals will have to be measured against these guidelines alongside other considerations. This document updates the draft development framework which was consulted on in 2017. The principle difference between the two frameworks is a proposal to build 120 rather than 70 new homes.

The art of protest

‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’ ran between 4-8 March 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University's Link Gallery. The exhibition ws organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill. The exhibition was a community coming together to celebrate Ryebank Fields. It was a rallying call to protect nature and fight privatisation everywhere.

Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition

Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition 4th - 8th March MMU Link Gallery You are invited to attend ‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’. The launch event will be on Monday 4th March from 6pm, and the exhibition runs until 8th March. The exhibition is organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill, to celebrate Ryebank Fields and protest about the privatisation and destruction of this much loved green space.