Engineering and construction firm J. Murphy & Sons Limited recently provided 80 trees and shrubs plus the personnel to help Friends of Astley Park volunteers plant them in various locations across the town’s premier park. The Murphy team, who are currently doing rail infrastructure projects in the Chorley area, gave their time as part of the company’s ‘Giving Back Days’ scheme, which gives employees paid time off to support their local communities across the country. On this occasion, alongside the shrubs and volunteered time, the Murphy team also donated £500 worth of groceries to the Living Waters food bank and provided the opportunity for Buckshaw and St Laurence’s primary school pupils to do litter picking in the Park.
The tree and shrub planting was overseen by Chorley Council staff and the Friends. The day was topped off by the Mayor, Cllr Julia Berry, providing the finishing touches to the task.
Murphy’s have also made a commitment to carry out major works next Spring to bring the River Chor Reed Bed back to its original function by removing large amounts of silt so as to reinstate the water flow around both sides.