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Chorley Flower Show – Come say hello

Well the weekend is almost upon us and this weekend is Chorley Flower Show held in glorious Astley Park.

The Friends of Astley Park will be there on both Saturday and Sunday. Our stand is located on the main path through the park, past the Craft Stalls, just before you cross the dam at the front of the lake to get across to the Astley Hall side.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the flower show.

CLICK HERE to see the map of the event.

Look out for our flag and come in for a chat, we’ve got loads to show you.



Bat Walk through Astley Park – Saturday 4th August

On Saturday 4th August we will be conducting one of our popular Bat Walks through the park.

If you are interested in learning more about the bat population within the park join the Friends and H the Batman on a walk through the woods.

We gather at Hall Gate car park at 9.00pm – the walk will start promptly at 9.15pm.

Not to be missed.

Chorley Flower Show – Build up

We were out and about in the park last sunny Saturday with some members tending to the Sensory Garden and others members and volunteers Balsam Bashing along the River Chor near the Park Road entrance. A good time was had by all.

We continue this Saturday, 21st July with another Balsam Bash with members and volunteers working in groups across the whole of the park.

If you can spare a couple of hours we will be meeting in the courtyard near Cafe Ambio at 9.30am before splitting into groups.

Hope to see you then.

PS: Don’t forget to get your Chorley Flower Show tickets in advance online and save 20% (offer ends 25th July) – CLICK HERE to learn more.

The Lost Fountain

This morning was very special as Chorley’s Mayor Councillor Margaret Lees opened and dedicated the restored fountain that we have been working on over that last year or so.

The fountain was dedicated to one of our longest standing members, the late Rosemary Boyd, a keen historian who instigated research into the origins of this find.


The fountain can be found on the western side of Astley Park just up the main path leading from Ackhurst Lodge, or from Astley Hall by walking past the bowling greens and down the hill and just over the bridge.

For more information on this project please CLICK HERE

2018 – Busy busy busy . . .

Greetings, and may Friends of Astley Park wish you all a happy new year.

2018 is going to be a busy year for the group starting next Tuesday 23rd January with our first member meeting of the year.

We have also published our 2018 calendar of events which can be found in the Important Dates tab of the website

Easier still, to be taken to the page:-   CLICK HERE.

Our first weekend activity is just around the corner.

We will be meeting on Saturday 27th January 9.30am at the Coach House Courtyard for general maintenance around the park.

Winter hiatus

As winter takes grip, the nights draw in and 2017 slowly comes to an end FoAP events tend to stop for a while, our winter hiatus.

Rest assured we will be back fighting fit in the new year.

As soon as we have dates for our future Members Meetings and Events we will publish them right here on this site.

Keep checking back to see if the dates have been posted or better still, SUBSCRIBE to our site by entering your email into the ‘Follow Our Blog’ section on the home page and you will be notified by email as and when we post anything.

We will see you early in 2018.

Friends of Astley Park – Work this coming week.

If you have any free time this week we will be working in the park as follows;

Thursday 12th October – Sensory Garden – meet at garden near the Queens Road car park at 1.30pm.

Saturday 14th October – Park in general – meet at Coach House at 9.30am.

Come along and get your hands dirty, or just see what the Friends of Astley Park are all about.

Hope to see you there.

Events on the 10th and 12th August

Just a reminder that we will be working at the Sensory Garden on Thursday afternoon (10th August) starting at 1.30pm.

On Saturday (12th August) will be Balsam Bashing starting at 9.30am.

As we will be concentrating on finishing off the area around the new reed bed we will be meeting at the Queens Road/Park Road end of the park. Queens Road car park is free for the first 3 hours but if you do park there please remember to get a ticket for display.

Hope to see you there.

Come and Say Hello @ Chorley Flower Show

Don’t forget to come down and see us this afternoon or tomorrow, 30th July at Chorley Flower Show in Astley Park.

The attendance today has been great with loads of stuff for the whole family.

We are now located in the big Amateur marquee just past the Food and Entertainment Village and close to the main path through the park.

Click here for all the information you’ll need for the show – CHORLEY FLOWER SHOW WEBSITE