Highlights of previous years activities show our achievements during the last five years.
Our achievements so far this year
Newsletters Spring newsletter sponsored by Councillor David Heginbotham
Birdfeeding continued alongside Riverside Rotunda and in the Bird Reserve until April this year due to the late spring
History Project Hardy Utilities and the Towneley Gardeners began work to instal the pump and electricity to the Italian Garden fountain in February and completed the work as planned for Easter. As part of the project Eco Arts are creating two willow deer statues and in May held wicker workshops, two with adults and eight with pupils from Brunshaw, Springfield and St Stephen’s Primary Schools. The two deer have now been installed in the Italian Garden and work will be completed during the autumn when ‘live’ willow will be added to the deer to give them a longer life. One of the original damaged bronze deer is on display in the parlour/exhibition room at the Hall and will be ‘repaired and cleaned’. The history research is under way and a history blog has been set up to make articles about the research available on line - www.towneleypark.wordpress.com . With the help of Burnley Library’s Community Heritage section workshops were held in February and April to interested people and a range of topics and areas of the park are being researched. This part of the project continues until the beginning of 2014 and is still open to new researchers.
Wetlands Area Improvements – Following prolonged discussions with interested parties about the land-slip on the wetlands footpath and the poor condition of the surrounding area The Ribble Rivers Trust Project has been successful in obtaining funding to tackle the problems and work started in February 2013 to deal with the artesian well and re-create the footpath has now been completed. In March Ribble Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and Friends of Towneley Park volunteers planted trees and rushes in the area and raked and sowed wildflower seed along the edges of the footpath.
Easter Egg Trail and Hat Parade was very busy this year with almost 200 children and their families taking part.
Activities with Brunshaw, Springfield and St. Stephen’s Schools continues: In March wildflower seed was sown along the edge of Woodgrove Car Park and along the wetlands area footpath with visits to see the spring flowering bulbs planted along the Ha-ha and Towneley Holmes Road, with litter picks on the route back. The schools have also taken part in wicker workshops, each pupil weaving a willow ‘fish’ to learn about the process of willow weaving.
The Gardening Club continues to help the Towneley Gardeners maintain some of the ornamental beds and have now ‘adopted’ the bed alongside the Stables Café, carrying out underplanting beneath the well established trees in this area.
Give and Gain A Day is an annual Business In The Community event to encourage businesses to take action in communities throughout the Uk. The Friends, Ribble Rivers Trust, Forest of Burnley, Offshoots, Burnley Council, and employees from local businesses – Department of Work and Pensions, Azzuri Communications, Lend Lease and Warburtons - joined forces to carry out environmental improvements in Towneley Park on Friday the 17th May as part of this year’s event and it was a day thoroughly enjoyed by all with much being achieved.
Plant Sales – As spring bedding plants had to be removed from the Italian Garden in May the public were encouraged to buy the plants and the Friends used the money towards the purchase of the Barwise dahlias for the summer bedding display.
May Day promotional display stall and fund raising through plant, books, video and bric-a-brac sales and a raffle.
Brass Band in the Park was well attended with the friends providing refreshments to raise funds.
Himalayan Balsam Picking is under way and will take place until the end of July. Why not come along and join us?