FoAP Busy in the Park

Friends of Astley Park members have been very busy over the last couple of weeks.

Chorley Council very kindly provided us with the plants and shrubs that we had asked for to complete the planting around the Lost Fountain.

Connie, David and Jan planted 104 plants last Monday morning. These included:-

• Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea ‘Bagatelle’
• Fillipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’
• Heuchera ‘Lime Green Pie’
• Heuchera ‘Red Spangles’
• Lobelia cardinalis
• Primula bulleyana
• Primula japonica
• Thalictrum aquilegifolium
• Trollius x cultr#orum ‘Alabaster’

We can look forward to seeing them flower next year.

Meanwhile our members have been putting in the wayposts for the new circular route, the Astley Park Trail, which includes the new path running down the north side of the park that FoAP had installed in February/March.

The new trail will be an excellent 2K route which can be used by walkers, runners, cyclists alike and it takes in many interesting features of our lovely park.

Watch this space for more updates. Until then keep well and stay safe.

Covid-19 Restrictions – Moving Forward

Unfortunately the Friends of Astley Park have decided to CANCEL all indoor activities until further notice pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

This will impact the December Members Meeting and our Quiz Night that was scheduled for early October.

The committee has also decided to curtail the MONDAY voluntary work parties in the park until next year.

The Saturday work parties will continue under very strict rules with no more than six people working together and everyone needing to socially distance. We take the rules very seriously and we will assess if indeed these can continue on an ad hoc basis.

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.

**CANCELLED** – Members Meeting 29th September

Hello all, as you will no doubt be aware the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is still impacting our lives at the moment.

Following this weeks change in local lockdown rules for Lancashire and then the whole of the country the Friends of Astley Park have had to CANCEL next weeks Members Meeting that was due to be held next Tuesday, 29th September at Chorley Town Hall.

Please stay safe and check back with the site for any updated dates.

Saturday 12th September – Working Group

Hi All,

Just a quick note to say we will be working in the park tomorrow, Saturday 12th September.

Jan will be working in the Sensory Garden at the Chorley end of the park and any other activities will be lead from the usual meeting point in the courtyard at the Coach House near Cafe Ambio.

9.30am start running til no later than noon.

Come along and see what we are all about. We hope to see you there.

 

Updated Working Party Dates

Hi All,

As promised, we have revised our working party dates on Saturdays and Mondays. These dates can be found HERE.

We are working in the park tomorrow morning, Saturday 1st August. Everyone will be socially distanced and of course we’ll be out in the lovely fresh air.

As per usual, we will meet at the Coach House at 9.30am. If you wish to work on the Sensory Garden with Jan you can go straight there.

At the present time we are not able to advise when indoor meetings such as members’ meetings or Quiz night will be able to be resumed so watch this space.

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

Work during Lockdown

Did you know . . . while we have been in lockdown members have done litter picking, balsam bashing and small jobs in the Sensory Garden, all safely and socially distanced but did you know that Connie and David have been working down at the Lost Fountain?

David has built a wall, which completes the circular wall around the fountain and they have both been washing the pebbles and putting them back, on top of a layer of rock. They have also dug around the existing plants and added a few new ones.

Thank you both for all your hard work.

Connie and David working away by the fountain.
Connie and David working away by the fountain.

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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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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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