Highlights in 2012

Newsletters (Spring and Autumn) were sponsored by County Councillors Brindle, Briggs, and Sumner.

Birdfeeding continued alongside Riverside Rotunda

Display at the Skipton Building Society Burnley during March and April showed how their donation to the Friends of Towneley Park had funded bulb planting in the Park.

Easter Egg Hunt and Hat Parade with Green Partnership Funding. Over a hundred children and their families took part despite a mainly wet and cold day.

Activities with Brunshaw, Springfield and St. Stephen’s Schools continued. In March as part of the Offshoots ‘Bees in Burnley’ Project wildflower seeds were sown close to Handbrig entrance and  visits to see the spring flowering bulbs planted along the Springwood Nature Trail. In October daffodil bulbs were planted along the Ha-ha wall and alongside Towneley Holmes Road, starting at the Towneley Hall ornamental grounds and working towards Todmorden Road.


The Gardening Club continued to help the Towneley Gardeners maintain some of the ornamental beds, ‘adopting’ the bed at the entrance to the bowling green/walled garden and liaising with the Rotary Club who provided additional funding to carry out improvements to their War Memorial garden.  Additional bulb planting also carried out including more snowdrops alongside Lime Avenue.

May Day promotional display stall and fund raising through plant, books, video and bric-a-brac sales and a tombola.

Brass Band in the Park many took advantage of the sunny day to enjoy the outdoor music and the friends serving drinks and cakes to raise funding.

Guided Walks with Towneley staff and Friends of the Park took place from May to August.

Himalayan Balsam Project and leaflet launched with Green Partnership Funding and a series of ‘Balsam Picking’ events held during the June to July picking season.

Jubilee Tea Party and Plant Sales The Towneley Hall Society and the Friends of Towneley Park worked together to raise funding for a project in the Italian Garden to restore  the bird bath fountain to working  order and to re-introduce the two deer statues.  The Towneley Hall Society organised a Diamond Jubilee Tea Party and the Friends re-cycled the bedding plants and bulbs from the Italian Garden by potting and packaging them for sale on the day and at other events.  The funding raised was used as part of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.  Part of the funding and monies from other events has been used to buy four heritage varieties of Barwise Dahlias (developed by Joseph Barwise at Towneley from the 1930’s to 1950’s) which can now (2013) be seen in the summer bedding display in the Italian Garden.

Heritage and Woodland Day – sale of plants, Tombola,  Scavenger Hunt in the grounds and a ‘mini olympics’ was held for children.

£12,800 Heritage Lottery Grant Awarded to restore the bird bath fountain to working order and re-introduce the deer statues in the Italian Garden and to research the history of Towneley Park landscape and publish hitorical trail leaflet.

Woodland Trust Jubilee Celebration donated 106 tree saplings including a ‘Royal Oak’ which were planted by Forest of Burnley and Friends of Towneley Park volunteers in November alongside the Smallholdings Trail.

Christmas Event  with Father Christmas and a ’12 days of christmas’ themed trail in the grounds was fully booked and enjoyed by all.

The Piper 'piping'