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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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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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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