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Councillor Bev Murray and the Friends of Astley Park check on the restoration work of the historic steps at Astley Park

Councillor Bev Murray and the Friends of Astley Park check on the restoration work of the historic steps at Astley Park

 

Work has started to restore steps which almost disappeared from Astley Park.

The Friends of Astley Park approached Chorley Council asking for help to save steps leading from the main driveway to the woods.

Thought to have been constructed in the 1920s, the steps are now being restored by Jack Ashurst, from Adlington Dry-stone Walling.

Work is due to be completed in March, with a snowdrop trail also planned alongside the steps and the banks of the River Chor.

Coun Bev Murray said: “Over time, the weather and general wear and tear have taken their toll on these steps and it would be a shame to see them disappear completely.

“Where possible, we are reusing materials from within the park to ensure the steps are in keeping with the existing landscape and remain true to their history.

“This is a fascinating project and we are looking forward to its completion to ensure future generations can enjoy and appreciate the park’s heritage for years to come.”

 

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