Mole joins wildlife at park

The mole at Astley Park
The mole at Astley Park
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Astley Park may already be home to a variety of wildlife, but there has still been space for one more creature.

A sculpture of a mole has been placed in a new sensory garden being created at the park.

It was made by local sculptor Thompson Dagnall and will be a key feature in the new garden, which aims to be accessible to all.

Coun Bev Murray, who has responsibility for parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “As everyone knows, moles are renowned for using their senses to get around and therefore this seemed an appropriate addition to our sensory garden, which is designed for people to be able to touch and feel, thereby adding an extra feature for visitors with disabilities.”

The garden will include new seating, wider and improved access, and raised beds filled with sensory plants to test the senses.

Coun Murray added: “The final finishing touches are now being made to the sensory garden including the installation of interpretation boards to guide people around the plants and features, before the garden is opened in a few weeks’ time, enabling everything to be seen, felt and enjoyed by everybody who visits.”

The council worked with the Friends of Astley Park to design the garden, including setting out the planting scheme and agreeing the specification of the restoration of stone walls that were there previously.

It is being created on the site of what was known as the blind garden, which is just off the path leading from the Queens Road entrance to Astley Park.

The garden was built in the 1950s for the blind service men from the war to use.

It was re-planted in the 1990s as a commemoration to a former mayor, but had since fallen into disrepair.