Clearance work starts on the ‘Green Pond’

The so-called ‘Green Pond’ is that colour because it is covered with a thick blanket of duck weed. The pond provides the water supply to the nearby ‘Lost Fountain’ which has previously been restored by Friends volunteers and so dates back to the same era – to before 1844.

The pond is up to 12 feet deep and contains litter which has accumulated because it is hard to remove. Fully clearing the pond is quite a task as it depends on gaining access along all the banks which at present is difficult due to bordering vegetation that has grown up over the year. So, although a great deal of material has now been taken out of the pond, the task remains work in progress, to be resumed later this year when the bankside vegetation has died back.

Chorley Flower Show 2022

Friends of Astley Park will have a stall at Chorley Flower Show again this year.

Come and visit us this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday 29th, 30th and 31st July, 10am to 5pm each day (last entry 4pm).

Enter our raffle and you could win this original painting…

Our stall is in the vicinity of the main marquee and the Food and Drink Village, we look forward to seeing you there.

For more information on the Flower Show please CLICK HERE

TODAY – Sustainability Event, Saturday 19th March 2022

Just a quick reminder that or volunteers are running a stall at a free entry Sustainability Event organised by Chorley in Bloom today, Saturday 19th March in the Lancastrian Room at Chorley Town Hall.

The Event will be opened by Sir Lyndsey Hoyle MP at 10.30am. It will run until around 3.00pm and will feature a series of talks with Q & A opportunities on gardening, climate change, wildlife and the environment.

Our stall will present how the Friends work in Astley Park contributes to these topics and for members of the public there will be a chance to discuss how you could join us in our activities.

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REMINDER – Sustainability Event, Saturday 19th March 2022

Just a quick reminder that or volunteers are running a stall at a free entry Sustainability Event organised by Chorley in Bloom on Saturday 19th March in the Lancastrian Room at Chorley Town Hall.

The Event will be opened by Sir Lyndsey Hoyle MP at 10.30am. It will run until around 3.00pm and will feature a series of talks with Q & A opportunities on gardening, climate change, wildlife and the environment.

Our stall will present how the Friends work in Astley Park contributes to these topics and for members of the public there will be a chance to discuss how you could join us in our activities.

Remember, you can follow this blog and keep up to date with things by entering your email address on the ‘Follow this Blog’ section of the Home Page to receive notifications of new posts by email.

Sustainability Event At Chorley Town Hall, Saturday 19th March 2022

Our volunteers are running a stall at a free entry Sustainability Event organised by Chorley in Bloom on Saturday 19th March in the Lancastrian Room at Chorley Town Hall.

The Event will be opened by Sir Lyndsey Hoyle MP at 10.30am. It will run until around 3.00pm and will feature a series of talks with Q & A opportunities on gardening, climate change, wildlife and the environment.

Our stall will present how the Friends work in Astley Park contributes to these topics and for members of the public there will be a chance to discuss how you could join us in our activities.

Saturday 20th November – Work in the Park

Hi everybody,

Plans for this Saturday, 20th November include:-

  1. Work around the Fountain Area
  2. Clearance of leaves and soil from large flight of steps going upwards from the river
  3. Clearing of path between the hall and the lake
  4. Litter picking

Meet up at the Coachhouse courtyard at 9.30 am.

It would be a help if anyone wishing to work on the steps brought a stiff brush and/or a spade.

We look forward to seeing you then.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 6th November – Work in the Park

Hello all,

We will be working in the park tomorrow morning, 6th November.

The main task is the removal of Ivy from Park Road boundary wall. Secateurs or small loppers or shears would be useful.

As there will be no work being done in the Sensory Garden for a while now so the green fingered of you might wish to help out here instead. Meet by Park Gates on on Park Road at 9.30am.

There will be the usual Litter Picking patrol meeting at the Courtyard at 9.30am and there is one of the culverts on the new path by Dog Trap Wood which is getting blocked and needs clearing (not a big job yet) so if anyone fancies looking at that please do.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 23rd October – Work in the Park

Hi All, we will be back working in the park tomorrow, 23rd October from 9.30am.

Proposed tasks for tomorrow include:

Sensory Garden: Jan will be present at the garden but hasn’t transport to bring tools so could anyone wishing to join her there at 9.30am please take their own hand tools with them.

Fountain: More work needs to be done protecting the area around the fountain. We will be digging up small holly bushes and replanting them around the barriers we built last time to make things a little easier on the eye.

River: A fallen tree near the “beach” area in the woods need pruning and removing so don’t forget your “wellies”.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Members Meeting and AGM

For the first time in two years we have finally been able to arrange a Members’ Meeting. This will be an opportunity for members to meet up again socially and to meet the new members.

The meeting will consist of an AGM (we haven’t been able to have one for 2 years), and will be an ideal opportunity for the new members to get more insight into who we are and what we do and perhaps brings new ideas to the table.

If anyone would like to consider joining the committee could they please let me know before the meeting.

Meeting details: Venue is Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Road, Chorley, PR7 1LG at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th October

We hope you can make it.

Saturday 9th October – Work in the Park

Tomorrow, Saturday 9th October, we will be working in the park again.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden so anyone wishing to work on the garden please go there directly for 9.30am.

Anyone else should meet up at the Coach House courtyard, again at 9.30am where we will be working around the Fountain area or litter picking – please note that we now have a new stock of litter pickers available.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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