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.

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

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.

**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.

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.