FoAP really got started around the same time as Astley Park was awarded a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The group lobbied the council on a number of issues including the position of the new childrens playground, woodland management, the path around the newly dredged lake and our greatest achievement so far, the reversal of plans to put lighting through the park which we felt was totally out of keeping with the ecosystem of the park.