BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE in the UNITED KINGDOM
SUPPORTERS GROUP web site
'Palace in the Park'
The main priority in the park for the next 3 years is the repair and invigoration of the
Grade 11 listed Victorian Palm House Conservatory.
Please click here to participate and assist in the decision making process by filling in our online survey.
This project focuses on:
a) the repair and invigoration of Blackburnís public access, Grade II listed Victorian Palm House
b) the reinstatement of a vibrant and relevant planting scheme. c) the improvement of the heritage setting.
Completed in early 1900 the Palm House is the centre-piece of Corporation Park a Grade II listed town-centre park,
which sits within the wider Corporation Park designated Conservation Area.
Located in a prominent position the conservatory is a fundamental element of the parkís built and cultural heritage.
It was originally commissioned by Blackburn Corporation as a grand and unique structure to symbolize the success and status of the town.
This site was designed by Helen Roscoe Chairman of the CPSG
with Paul Voegt from www.drwebtest.com and has
Links to Cotton Town Blackburn with Darwen
Photo's on this site are courtesy of Helen Roscoe, Bruce Kitchin
Emma Fielding and Michael Fenton(Fenny)
The Conservatory in 2012. Now time & the weather has taken it's toll on the stucture. The ironwork is rusting inside and out, many of the glass panes are broken, the woodwork is rotten and most of the tropical plants are tightly packed and have outgrown their 'home'.
The Supporters Group of Corporation Park
have been working together enthusiastically for 16 years and currently 80 people form part of the group.
This conscientious & happy group of people work together helping to protect and improve the quality of the park and its environment for the benefit of the whole community.
The group currently consists of Blackburn parks employees, volunteers, local residents & councilors.
However, the Corporation Park Supporters Group (CPSG) is open to all and is free to join.
New events in the Park for 2013
Planned activities on our Volunteer Days From May 2013 to April 2014
Sunday 19th May - Pot hole renovation(now car boot sale)
Sunday 23rd June - Pruning back of the Himalayan Balsam
Sunday 21st July, Sunday 18th August & Sunday 22nd September- clearing ground cover areas
20th October - Planting of daffodil bulbs, to involve young children
17th November & 15th December - pruning areas around West Park Road and creating habitat piles
19th January, 23rd February & 23rd March 2014 - pruning areas around West Park Road and creating habitat piles
27th April 2014 - Planting of spring bulbs, to involve young children
Sun 14 April 2013 - Glass cleaning of the conservatory- 'when Im cleanin windas'
Thank you to today's cleaning crew. What a successful morning, now we can see into the conservatory!
In the main picture from left to right are:
Stuart, Margaret, Sura, Martha, Emma, John, Claudia, Peter & Sue, Valerie.
Wednesday 5 June
Illustrated talk: by Brian Healey CPSG Treasurer "The gardens of the Impressionists".
Venue The District and Union Club, 1 West Park Road.
Tickets are £5 and are available from the Gate House or ANY PARK SUPPORTER .
Price includes delicious refreshments. Brian is a professional art tutor for the cruise industry.
(Ever wanted to paint? Why not attend a watercolour day with Brian Healey at Alexandra Studio, overlooking the park? Brian will be running 8 workshops until November.
Brian will donate £5 to the CPSG fund for anybody from the talk who comes on a painting day.... So please go to his site )
Wednesday 17 July
Glass Fusing Course: by Martha Henry CPSG Sectretary
Venue The Park Gate House.
Tickets are £5.00 which will include all the materials for a five & a half inch square panel, larger panels will be charged accordingly. Refreshments are included.
There will be 2, one and a half hours slots with a tea break in between, so the whole session will be just over 3 hours.
Martha is an expert in designing and making stained glass windows.
One of her designs is in the new Fire Station in Blackburn.
Car Boot Sale
Sunday 19th May
10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Gates open for cars at 9.00 a.m.
Pitch fees - cars £5.00, vans £10.00
Venue, The Broad walk in the Park
Please telephone 01254 692216/692203 to book your pitch.
Or email Helen@corporationparksupportersgroup.com
Come along and have some fun.
Families and children are welcome.
Other attractions: Tea & Cakes Stall, Bedding Plant Sale & Ice Cream Van