Saturday 3rd July – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

We will be busy working in the park again this Saturday, 3rd July.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden and would welcome help there.

We are also proposing to tackle the Balsam on and around the River Chor near the concrete pipe area opposite the Sensory Garden this weekend.

With this in mind it might be better to meet up at the Sensory Garden rather than the Coach House courtyard.

If you use the Queens Road car park remember it is free for three hours but don’t forget to get a ticket. Just press the yellow button to get your Free for Three Hours ticket.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday 26th June – Work in the Park

Hi All,

Just a reminder that we are now doing WEEKLY Balsam clearance so we will meet up at the Courtyard entrance as usual at 9.30am.

There is probably work to do at the Sensory Garden but as Jan is not available this weekend could anyone wishing to work there please take their own small hand forks and trowels.

We hope to see you there.

Replanting of the Lost Fountain

On Saturday 19th June a small number of our group were busy replanting an area of the Lost Fountain in the north western part of the park.

Some of the original plants had been trampled down on the front edge of the fountain but Chorley Council have kindly supplied us with new plants. Over one hundred shrubs, grasses and perennials were planted at the weekend.

Hopefully they will get established quickly and add to the aura of this lovely peaceful spot in Astley Park.

Many thanks to all involved.

Saturday 24th April – Work in the Park

Hello everyone.

We will be in the park again this coming Saturday, 24th April 2021.

This means working in groups not exceeding 6 people, being socially distanced at all times and preferably masked to adhere to government guidelines.

There is work to be done in the Sensory Garden so anyone wishing to help there should go directly to the garden – 9.30am start.

As well as the usual litter picking we are hoping to get in the river to collect litter and check for any blockages. As we haven’t had much rain lately it should be quite safe to do this but if you are thinking of helping with this task don’t forget your wellingtons – meet at the coach house at 9.30am and we can allocated differnet strteches of the river to people so that we get full coverage.

We hope to see you there.

Snowdrops and Winter Sun

Hello all,

Well February is here and even though we are in lockdown Astley Park continues to cycle through the seasons.

Today I took a walk into the park and the snowdrops are out and looking wonderful. They are dotted about sporadically through the woodland walks. It was bitterly cold with flurries of snow in the air but also some lovely sunshine so well worth the effort.

So that’s it for now. As soon as we can put a timetable of activities together moving forward through 2021 we will post it here on the website so please keep checking back.

Stay well and safe and once again, we will hopefully see you soon. 

Take care – Friends of Astley Park

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Merry and safe Christmas

Well, what a year we’ve had! One to forget for most of us I would imagine.

Who would have thought as we chimed in the new year what 2020 had in store for us, and not just us but the whole globe.

So as the year draws to a close the Friends of Astley Park would like to wish our members, our followers and everyone who uses the park a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and a ‘Happy New Year’.

We will be back working in the park as soon as rules allow in 2021. Keep an eye on the website for dates of up and coming activities and meetings.

Until then, have a fantastic, safe and healthy festive season and we will see you in 2021.

All the best – Friends of Astley Park

P.S. As a footnote I walked around the new Astley Park Trail today and as we approached the Sensory Garden I noticed a tree with just a hint of blossom starting to show. It will be spring before we know it – Take care everyone.

Lockdown 2.0 – All group activities cancelled

Dear all,

As of today, Thursday 5th November, a new national lockdown is in place. Lockdown restrictions mean we are unable to continue with work in the park on a group basis. 

It is still possible to do things such as litter picking, should anyone wish to do so, either with one’s partner or with one other individual with social distancing in place.

This new national lockdown is scheduled to finish on the 2nd December. Our position moving forward will be reviewed when new government announcements are made.

Until then, please stay well and safe and once again, we will see you on the other side.

Take care – Friends of Astley Park

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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.

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.


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.

We will try and keep information coming out to you all whilst abiding by the slowly changing 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.

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