We’re Back – Slowly and Safely . . .

We hope this post finds you all safe and well in these strange times.

As restrictions are slowly lifted across the country we too, as a group, are starting to plan things moving forward in the ‘new-normal’.

So please keep checking back to the website as we update our calendar of events that will be planned to fit whatever restrictions are in place at the time and to keep everyone safe.

Did you know . . .   that since last Autumn as well as the council maintaining the park, in the interests of health and safety, while we were doing our river cleans and litter picks we also took to clearing debris and litter from the various flights of stone steps, mainly in Great Wood.

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Please follow the UK Government guidelines, stay safe and we’ll post more soon.

Sensory Garden Update

It was back in April 2014 when after a lot of hard work behind the scenes by members of Friends of Astley Park that the physical work started on rejuvenating the Sensory Garden. It was officially opened on 23rd July 2014.

Since then the Friends have worked tirelessly to maintain and develop the garden in to the beautiful and tranquil place that it is today.

Jan Sanderson looks at how the garden has matured over the past six years.

 CLICK HERE to see the update

We hope you enjoy the article and look forward to seeing you there soon – Stay Safe

Our Green and Pleasant Park

Hello everyone, I hope you are all safe and well.

So, while the country has all been in lockdown Astley Park as burst into life and is looking really beautiful.

One thing that I have always loved about the park is as well as the more formal parts such as the hall, coach house, pets corner, play grounds and gardens there are also wonderfully lush woodland. Within minutes of entering the park you can seem miles away from anything walking the woodland paths.

Late last week during the warm weather I went for a wander into the woods and then up past the hall, across the dam and then up over the playing fields and the thing that struck me the most was how green everything was.

For those of you who still can’t make it out and down to the park I snapped a few pictures just to share with you how lovely it is looking at the moment. They can be found in the gallery below, I hope you enjoy them.

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The Sensory Garden – Late April

Hello all, our roving reporter Jan has been out to visit the Sensory Garden during one of her exercise walks during lockdown and taken some lovely pictures of a number of the plant species growing there for you all to enjoy.

AJUGA repens ‘Mahogany’ (at the front of the Central Raised Bed)

AJUGA repens 'Mahogany'
AJUGA repens ‘Mahogany’

Each plant has dozens of bright blue flowers on vertical stems, which contrast with the nut brown foliage. They form good ground cover and the leaves are semi evergreen.


BERGINIA cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ (on the left of the first terrace)

BERGINIA cordifolia 'Purpurea'
BERGINIA cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

Commonly known as Elephant Ears. This is a good ground cover plant, which has shiny leathery leaves. They have clusters of deep pink flowers.


VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii (behind the first seat on the left)

VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii
VIBURNUM plicatum mariesii

A medium/large shrub with tiered branches covered at this time of year with white flowers. It will also have lovely autumn colour.


ROSEMARY (near the Mole sculpture)

ROSEMARY
ROSEMARY

This is now known as Salvia rosmarinus. An aromatic herb with upright stems and pale blue flowers.


PRUNUS ‘Snow Showers’ (in the centre of the Central Raised Bed)

PRUNUS 'Snow Showers'
PRUNUS ‘Snow Showers’

This weeping cherry is the latest addition to the Sensory Garden. It has weeping branches and white flowers tinged with pink during April to May. It will have beautiful autumn colour.

Thank you Jan for taking the time to share this with us.

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The Reinstated Path in Astley Park

Hello all,

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown it is easy to not even know about the newly reinstated path on the north side of Astley Park.

CLICK HERE to read all about this almost finished project.

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Early Bluebells in the Park

Hi everyone, we hope you are keeping well and safe during lockdown.

Trying to keep our promise to bring Astley Park to you if you can’t get down here at the moment, earlier this week (Thursday) I went for my exercise walk through the park and much to my delight the Bluebells have started coming out.

With the lovely sunny weather we have had this past week everything is looking a lot greener all of a sudden.

Another reason for the walk was to go and have a look at the work done on the renovated perimeter path, more of that to come in a future post.

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Happy Easter from FoAP

Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy, if unusual Easter Sunday.

We hope you are all safe and well in the lockdown and managing to keep yourselves occupied.

One of our members managed to snap this picture of the lake next to Astley Hall with the swans enjoying the spring sunshine.

The Lake near Astley Hall, April 2020
The Lake near Astley Hall, April 2020

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April in Astley Park

Hello all, we hope you are all well and safe?

During the virus pandemic and lockdown it is so easy to forget that spring has arrived and the park is starting to bloom. Luckily for us one of our members used their daily exercise to record these changes.

Here are some of the plants that are flowering in our park at the moment.

In the woodland near The Lost Fountain there are :-

Skimmia Japonica – This is a small shrub with evergreen leaves, which has scented flowers which are white with a touch of pink.

Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica

Pieris formosa “ Forest Flame” – This shrub Is native to Eastern China and Japan. Its a medium sized shrub, which grows well in woodlands. Its new leave are bright red at this this time of year.

Pieris formosa
Pieris formosa

Primula veris (Cowslip) – These primulas are perennials and members of the primrose family. They have clusters of yellow bell shaped flowers.

Primula veris
Primula veris

Catha Palustris (Marsh Marigold) – This is member of the buttercup family, which enjoys damp conditions. It has glossy heart shaped leaves and small five petal flowers.

Caltha palustris
Caltha palustris

In the parks woodlands there are:-

Lesser Celandine – These small plants spread all over the woodland. They have small bright yellow star like flowers and glossy leaves. They grow well in damp semi shaded areas.

Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine

Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) – These short white spreading wildflowers, which have very thin stems and can often be seen being blown by the wind. They spread throughout the parks woodland.

Anemone nemorosa
Anemone nemorosa

The view across the Lake.

There are hundreds of daffodils above the lakeside path and a magnolia tree next to Astley Hall.

View across the Lake
View across the Lake

View into the Walled Garden

The Magnolia Tree in the Walled Garden, has been flowering in the park for over one hundred years. What a pity that this year it is locked away with no people there to enjoy it.

Magnolia
Magnolia

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**CANCELLED** – All Activities Until Further Notice

Hello all again, following on from yesterdays post, it has been decided by the FoAP Committee that while restrictions are in place due to the COVID-19 (Coranavirus) pandemic we will cease all activities until further notice.

Once restrictions start to be lifted we will release a new calendar of events. Please keep checking back for updates or enter your email address in the ‘Follow Our Blog’ area on the Home page to receive updates directly to you email inbox.

Stay safe, keep healthy and look after one another, we’ll be back as soon as we can – All the best, Friends of Astley Park

 

**CANCELLED** – Members Meeting 24th March

Hello all, as you will no doubt be aware the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is impacting every part of life at the moment.

Following this evenings UK Government advice on social distancing the Friends of Astley Park have decided to CANCEL next weeks Members Meeting that was due to be held next Tuesday, 24th March at Chorley Town Hall.

The committee will decide soon on if to curtail the voluntary work parties in the park, the next one due on Saturday 28th March, please check back over the next week to see if this too has been cancelled.

This will of course pass in time and we will return with our meetings and work parties but until then please stay safe.

This site will be updated with any information as and when things become clearer.