About Us

Friends of Rose Hill and Rose Hill Woods

Who are the Friends of Rose Hill?…

We are a group of local people with two aims:

1. To make the fascinating history of the amazing Watkin family and Rose Hill House better known. Absalom and Edward are the forgotten stars of Victorian Manchester and in Edwards case much wider than Manchester. Although it is now privately owned apartments, the house still carries one of the most valued designations in England as a listed building of national importance.

2. To make sure that Rose Hill Woods survive for public use. The woods are a site of Biological Importance with protected species living in the environs. Within the woods is a commemoration stone erected by Sir Edward Watkin in honour of his father. It is the only memorial in Manchester connected with these two men who played such a prominent part in the city’s history. Paths have been installed to make the woods more accessible although we have to be respectful of the diversity of species in the woods and encourage users to do the same. It is a precious gift we have in Rose Hill Woods.

Would you like to join us?
We do not charge a subscription fee. Members receive regular updates on our progress, fundraising and grant applications. We ask that members support our activities and fund raising adventures.

Keep up to date by revisiting this website or
Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/friendsofrosehill or
Twitter: @WatkinRoseHill
If you would like to join us please send your details to
Email: friendsofrosehill3@gmail.com or
Phone: Geoff Scargill, Chairman on 07970 877 636