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Saturday 11th September – Work in the Park

Hi all,

Hopefully the rain will have stopped by tomorrow, 11th September, so we should be able to get some work done.

Jan can’t be with us tomorrow but as usual there will be work to be done at the Sensory Garden for anyone who wishes to go straight there. You will have to take your own implements for general tidying up, weeding, pruning etc.

There is some repair work to be done on the stonework at the fountain so it might be a good opportunity to get behind the temporary barrier to do some weeding, pruning etc.as well.

It has been reported that there is more litter about than usual, especially around the newly renovated section of the trail, so that could be addressed too.

We hope to see you there.

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 28th August – Work in the Park

Hello everyone,

With the weather set to be fair this coming Saturday it should be a good morning to get to work on some more Balsam removal.

To this end we will meet up at the Coach House courtyard at 9.30am. Don’t forget long sleeves and gloves and suitable footwear (wellingtons may not be needed unless anyone fancies a paddle in the river too).

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden also from 9.30am so if anyone wants to help out there please go directly to the garden.

We hope to see you there.

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 14th August – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

This coming Saturday, 14th August is probably the last time we will be doing organised Balsam bashing/pulling this year so it has been decided to tackle the areas on either side of the main steps leading down to the river.

This being the case we will be meeting up at our normal meeting point, the Coach House Courtyard at 9.30am.

If anyone wishes to work on the Sensory Garden there are always things to be done there.

Jan will not be there this week so you will need to take your own hand tools etc. with you.

We hope to see you there. 

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 7th August – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

We are planning to have an extra working day this coming Saturday the 7th August with the intention of removing some more Balsam before the flowers start to disperse their seeds.

With this in mind we will be meeting up at the Sensory Garden with a start time of 9.30am.

For any new members who are interested in helping with the Balsam, it is advisable to wear gloves, have long sleeves (protection against nettles or brambles) and suitable footwear as the ground can be uneven and wet.

Jan will be working at the Sensory Garden where there is some planting and more ground maintenance to be done and is always grateful of help – again meeting up at 9.30am.

There will also be the opportunity of scouring the park for litter. Hopefully visitors to the Flower Show will not have created too much mess.

We hope to see you there.

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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Flower Show Raffle Winner

What a fantastic Chorley Flower Show we have had.

If you called in to say hello it was lovely to meet you and we hope you enjoyed seeing our display showing what we have done over the years in the park.

Towards the end of the final day we drew the winning ticket for our raffle.

The winner of the painting was Mrs. Ann Worsnop. We hope you enjoy the framed original painting by local artist Sandra Sugden.

Roll on next year.

Our Chorley Flower Show Raffle

We are starting to get excited, Chorley Flower Show starts on Friday of this week, July 30th and as we have already said, Friends of Astley Park will be there at our own stand.

As part of our Flower Show display this year we will be raffling a framed original painting by local artist Sandra Sugden.

The artist has used Alcohol inks to produce this beautiful and very colourful picture.

If you would like this hanging on your wall make sure you call in at the Friends of Astley Park stand at the Flower Show to buy your raffle tickets.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday and the winner will be announced at the show and here on our website.

Gook luck to all that enter the raffle.

Chorley Flower Show 2021

Chorley Flower Show is back and of course Friends of Astley Park will be there with our stand showing some of what we do around the park.

The show is on over three days this year, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August 2021 between 10am and 5pm every day so very soon, just at the end of this coming week.

Please come and visit us and have a chat with some of our lovely volunteers, we’d be delighted to meet you and chat.

Watch this space for more information and you can also visit the Chorley Flower Show website by CLICKING HERE.

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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.