In Rose Hill woods is a memorial stone dedicated by Sir Edward Watkin to his father Absalom. The stone was weathered and originally inaccessible. With Heritage Lottery funding a project in 2018/2019 focused on the restoration of the memorial and the pathways in the woods creating a unique tribute to the Watkins and a serene and welcoming path for woods visitors.
Pathways in the woods have been created and restored to make the woods and the memorial stone as accessible as possible with the funds and support of Heritage Lottery and Manchester Council.
The Watkin Memorial Stone in 2015 engulfed by a Beech Tree.
In early May 2018 a bench had been installed, lecterns placed at the entrance to the woods, more of the paths had been completed with steps to the lower pathways. An information lectern was added to the main entrance and by the memorial so that visitors could find out more about the memorial, the woods and the the Watkins. Click into one of the images in the gallery below to start exploring. For the more adventurous of you there are still hidden paths to explore!