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.

We will try and keep information coming out to you all whilst abiding by the Government rules so please keep checking back. Alternatively you can follow this blog by entering your email address on the ‘Follow this Blog’section of the Home Page to receive notifications of new posts by email.

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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.

This month in the Sensory Garden

This month you can see the following in the Sensory Garden:-

In the Central Raised Bed there are some mauve early Species Crocus amongst the Ajuga plants. Crocus tommasinianus.

Crocus and Ajuga
Crocus and Ajuga

As you walk into the garden on your left  you will see an evergreen shrub commonly known as Sweet Box , which has small white highly scented flowers. This is Saracococca confusa.

Sarcococca
Sarcococca

In the centre of the top terrace you will see pink and white Hellebores, which are commonly known as the Lenten Rose.

Hellebrore
Hellebrore

Just as you pass the Mole statue you will see we have three Viburnum bodnantense “Charles Lamont”, which have clusters of pinky/white flowers and a lovely fragrance.

Viburnum bodnantense
Viburnum bodnantense

Enjoy!

Saturday 8th February – Working Group

Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are due to doing some work in Astley Park this coming Saturday morning, the 8th February.

We are hoping to be doing the following throughout the park:-

  1. Working at the fountain (subject to it having drained sufficiently)
  2. Sapling cutting
  3. Litter picking.

You are welcome to come along and see what we get up to, learn how to become a member and how you can help the Friends of Astley Park.