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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

We hoped you enjoyed this pictorial. 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.

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

Remembrance in Astley Park

The service organised by Chorley Council at the parks war memorial on the Sunday nearest to the 11th November (this year it was the 10th) was very well attended by the people of Chorley.

Every year more and more people turn up to pay their respects. It is lovely to see families, the young, the old all mixing with servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. This years service was very touching.

On the actual 11th November, Remembrance Day the council arranged in the evening to have the Cenotaph and surrounding memorial illuminated. Even though it was a cold and windy night it had to be seen and it was fascinating and very atmospheric. We hope you like the pictures below.

Astley Park wins Award

Our wonderful park has won a prestigious award.

Britain in Bloom North West has awarded a gold medal to Astley Park in its Large Parks category along side Jean Stanfield Memorial Park in Poulton Le Fylde and Jubilee Park in Middleton.

The rest on the winners can be found by CLICKING HERE

Although not awarded directly to us we would like to think we played our part in making Astley Park what it is today.