Astley Park is situated in the market town of Chorley, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. The park was gifted to the people of Chorley in 1922 as a War Memorial to the Great War and is managed by Chorley Council.
Friends of Astley Park is a small voluntary organisation whose members share a common and passionate desire that this green and varied space in the Town Centre, is protected and maintained both for it’s heritage and for the wildlife and natural habitat that it provides.
The formation of the Group coincided with the Big Lottery Historic Parks Grant secured by Chorley Council, and many of our early activities were concerned with issues relating to this, and included concerns about the original plans for re-siting the children’s play area, plans for a path across the Lake, and the controversial plans for installing lighting along the main path through the Park.
Through discussions with the Council, and in the case of the proposed lighting scheme, strong representations to senior Council Officials, we were able to secure the now established paths around the Lake, a more appropriate site for the playground, and the cancellation of the lighting project.
Some of our recent successes are set out in the pictorial plan and also include:
- Representations to the Council regarding the protective shrub planting around the perimeter of Pets Corner, and these have now been planted in accordance with the original plans.
- A positive input into the initial planning for re-routing the path leading into the Park from the Queen’s Road Car Park. This Project was then managed and executed by the Council.
- An informative booklet, ‘Curiosities of Astley Park, compiled by Committee member, Rosemary Boyd, and launched at the ‘Family Picnic in the Park’.
- We have also continued our membership of the Astley Advisory Group and this has proved to be a valued forum for exchanging ideas and project plans with other Groups whose interests are focused on the Park.
We pursue these aims in collaboration with Chorley Council, local schools and other voluntary bodies.