Astley Park, Chorley
Venue: Astley Park
This was a Heritage Lottery Fund project for Chorley Borough Council where a very high standard of workmanship was required and achieved. Barton Grange Landscapes were the principal contractor.
Astley Park is an historic Victorian Park with adjacent housing and schools. The park had to remain open so protection of the works and the safety of the general public was an important aspect in the planning and management of the project.
The Contracts Manager visited the heads of the local schools asking that they request the pupils to keep away from the works. Appropriate security fencing and signage was used at all times.
We pumped the water from the lake before removing over 2,000 cubic metres of silt. The silt was spread over adjacent fields and then cultivated and seeded.
The dam at the end of the lake was resurfaced and the steel railings replaced.
New footpaths were created by the lake and timber fencing was erected.
The tennis court was resurfaced and the roadways throughout the park received a tar spray and chip treatment as well as new street lighting.
The Victorian walled garden was in a terrible state of disrepair. The external wall required rebuilding or was non-existent in some areas. Reclaimed brick was sourced and the walls built using lime mortar to retain the authenticity.
We laid the garden out in Victorian fashion including gravel footpaths, pleached lime trees and traditional planting such as Lavender. Old style estate fencing, seating and allotment style raised vegetable beds completed the transformation.
Great care was taken to protect the existing features in the park and we were complemented by the client on the manner in which we dealt with this.