** CANCELLED ** Saturday 22nd February – Working Group

Hi everyone, unfortunately due to the heavy rainfall over that last few days it has been decided to CANCEL the working group for this coming Saturday, 22nd February.

Rest assured we will be back at it soon, the next scheduled work group is Saturday 14th March.

Hope to see you all then.

Saturday 22nd February – Working Group

Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are due to doing some work in Astley Park this coming Saturday morning, the 22nd February.

Weather permitting we will be doing the following:-

    1.  litter picking
    2. Sapling cutting
    3. Work in the Sensory Garden (removing dead bush and replanting new tree)
    4. reclaiming stone from river bed for use for fountain wall building.

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.

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.

Saturday 25th January – Working Group

Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are due to do some work in Astley Park this coming Saturday morning, the 25th January.

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.

We meet at the Coach House near Astley Hall at 9.30am.

 

Also, don’t forget . . .

Our next members’ meeting is next Tuesday the 28th January, 6.30pm at Chorley Town Hall.

 

New 2020 dates for your diary

Hi everyone and happy new year.

We have finally updated our calendar of events for 2020.

Please CLICK HERE to take you to the page or see ‘Important Dates’ in the ‘About FoAP’ dropdown tab on the home page.

Just a quick reminder that we will be working in the park on Saturday morning, 25th January. Come say hello if you are out and about.

Finally, our first Members Meeting of the new year will be held at Chorley Town Hall on Tuesday, 28th January at 6.30pm. Please feel free to come along and see what we are all about.

Merry Christmas one and all

Well, 2019 went quickly didn’t it?

We have been busy all the way through the year helping keep Astley Park remain the beautiful open space that the people of Chorley love.

So as the year and the decade draw to a close and the Friends of Astley Park take a well deserved rest for a few weeks, as a group we 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 at it before you know it. Watch this space for dates of up and coming activities and meetings.

Until then, have a fantastic festive season and we will see you in 2020.

All the best – Friends of Astley Park

Chorley Flower Show – Thank You

Well, what a weekend. After a week of record breaking heat when it came to the weekend the temperature dropped and the rain came but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the people of Chorley who came down to Astley Park in their droves for the Chorley Flower Show.

We were there both days meeting a greeting people on our Friends of Astley Park stand, giving out information on the projects we have worked on in the park, looking to gain new members and selling raffle tickets for the beautiful, contemporary, floral painting that was done and donated by one of our members.

The draw took place in the main exhibitors marquee at 4pm on Sunday and was performed by none other than Martin Fish, experienced gardening consultant, media personality and writer. The name drawn out was Judith Schmitz so congratulations, the painting is yours to keep.

Finally we would like to thank everyone who took time to come a visit us during the show, to all the exhibitors that made the show what it was and to Chorley Council for organising and staging such a great event, roll on next year.