The Borough has a rich and varied heritage. It exhibits the origins of settlements from prehistory through to the impact of industrial expansion during the 18 and 19 centuries. The Borough's character is divided between the edge of the Manchester conurbation in the south and the Pennine villages and valleys in the north. The Council, in partnership with building owners and the community, is a guardian of this heritage. The Council has policies to protect this finite resource and is actively involved in the enhancement and restoration of buildings and areas. These pages outline current projects and explain how the historic environment is protected.
Bury has 1 Site of Special Scientific Interest, 50 Sites of Biological Importance, 13 ancient woodlands, 4 Local Nature Reserves and is home to 3 protected species. The pages linked below describe this interest in more detail, what is being done to conserve and improve it and list naturalist groups and ecological consultants active in the area.
Woodland and trees
Bury is a partner with 6 other Greater Manchester Councils and the Forestry Commission in Red Rose Forest, an initiative that aims to substantially increase tree cover in the Mersey Belt over a 40 year period. Bury's ancient woodland resource, its street trees and its protected landscape trees (see related links) are the foundation for this work.
For more information on current planning projects relating to built heritage, nature conservation or woodlands, go to our Planning Projects page.