Saturday 17th July – Work in the Park

Hi All,

We will be working again this coming Saturday 17th July, usual time, 9.30am.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden for anyone wishing to help there – after all the hard work of some members there has been some vandalism there since we last worked on Monday afternoon so some replanting may be necessary.

Balsam work will take place again in the area of the river banking near the concrete pipe opposite the Sensory Garden so I would suggest using the Queens Road car park or the parking on Park Road, meeting near the Sensory Garden and NOT up at the courtyard.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 10th July – Work in the Park

Dear all,

We will be working again this coming weekend in the park, Saturday 10th July and there’s plenty to do.

We will resume our assault on the Himalayan Balsam. It is proposed to clear more Balsam from the river area opposite the Sensory Garden so we will be meeting up at the Sensory Garden at 9.30am instead of the Coach House.

There is still weeding etc to be done at the Sensory Garden as well for anyone who wishes to work there.

Next week (Tuesday 13th) there will be an inspection for Britain in Bloom throughout the park including the Sensory Garden so Jan is proposing to do some work there next Monday 12th July afternoon starting at 1.30pm if anyone is able to assist.

Jan has also asked if any members have any Daisy type plants they could donate to fill in some of the empty spaces.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello we’d be delighted to see you.

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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.

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 19th June – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

We will be working in the park this coming Saturday, 19th June and there is plenty to be on with.

Saturday’s main project will the the replanting around the ‘Lost Fountain‘ area – volunteers for this have been, Jan, Steve, David, Connie & Carolyne (there could be room for one more). After planting watering will need to be done – probably with water from the river so a few watering cans and people with wellies would be helpful.

There is continuing work – weeding etc to be done at the Sensory Garden bearing in mind the probable Britain in Bloom inspection but as Jan will be at the fountain members wishing to work there will need to take their own hand tools.

People are welcome to litter pick and of course there is the start of the mammoth task of Balsam Bashing/Pulling to be undertaken too.

Meet as usual at the Coach House at 9.30am unless you are working on the Sensory Garden, then go directly there.

We hope to see you there.

Saturday 22nd May – Work in the Park

Hello all,

Although the weather isn’t good today and is forecast for the same tomorrow it is expected that there will be a dry interlude on Saturday 22nd so with this in mind our working day should be able to go ahead.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden so if anyone wishes to assist there please go there direct otherwise meet up near the coach house as usual – 9.30am start at either venue.

We hope to see you there.

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.

New dates for your calendar

Due to the success of our first working group of the year, this past Saturday, we have now updated our calendar of important dates moving forward.

This only includes outdoor working groups at the moment.

More dates will be added as COVID-19 restriction are relaxed going into the summer.

CLICK HERE to see the new Saturday working group dates under the ‘2021 Voluntary Work in The Park‘ section of the page.

The new working group is penciled in for the 24th April at 9.30am.

These dates may be amended or added to as circumstances relating to Covid governance change.

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.

Working groups to restart

Hello everyone, we hope you are all well and safe after this particularly long winter made to feel even longer due to the second COVID-19 lockdown.

As government guidelines regarding meeting up outside have been relaxed slightly it is probably time to start our Saturday working parties again for those who are comfortable working under the new guidelines.

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

There will be work to do in the sensory garden and it makes sense for anyone wishing to work there to meet at the sensory garden at 9.30am. Otherwise meet up near the Coach house also at 9.30am. From there there will be work to do around the Fountain and the usual litter picking.

So it’s this Saturday the 10th April, we look forward to seeing you in a safe and secure first meet of year.