Here are some of the the things Corporation Park Supporters Group Volunteers do throughout the year
We operate for the benefit of the community by working with the Coroner’s office and Blackburn Cathedral as the Interfaith Memorial day takes place in the park every year.
We have paid for 2 owl boxes which are up in the park... in addition ourselves and the park gardeners have purchased some additional birds for the aviary.
Also the perennial planting scheme for the remembrance gardens, which was designed by one of our committee members and was planted up by the parks staff has matured and still looks spectacular.
We have also made links with the One Voice based in Blackburn who are interested in working with us on the restoration of the conservatory. We have also put on in 2016 a Folk Music event at Blakey’s in King Georges Hall to raise monies for the Conservatory restoration.
The Heritage Trail in the park was suggested by the CPSG. We pursued funding for it and have now taken responsibility for paying to replace vandalised plaques.
Our volunteers have helped with practical park maintenance, such as pruning and litter picking. We have also planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs around the Discovery trail stones and 1,500 bulbs around the water fall cascade.
We have sponsored out of CPSG monies a Park Photography competition.
We have matched funds with Blackburn Police and contributed to an updated camera security system in the park form CPSG monies.
The new outdoor gym based on the Broadwalk was opened on Sunday 11 December 2016 at the Santa Dash event.
Pictured are Cheryl the CPSG Chairman with the Mayor and Mayoress.
The Gym was paid for by the Park Supporters Group funds and SUEZ UK.
SUEZ UK is a British waste management and recycling company, established in 1988, and is management company with a vision.
'We want to live in a society where there is no more waste, a society where waste materials are reused, recycled or recovered for their energy content'.
Keeping fit and healthy, the Gym is very popular with park users.
What a great opportunity to do some exercise, for free, in the fresh air, amongst the trees, birds and other wildlife, whilst meeting other like minded people.
Blackburn Road Runners training in the park in August 2019
Members of the park supporters group, Councilors and Council staff met at the town hall on Monday 8th July to discuss initial ideas for community engagement strategy and a potential refurbishment strategy for the conservatory
CPSG volunteering in the park 2019
An artists impression of the Conservatory by Maryam Rehman
On 27 August 2013 Corporation Park, the Entrance Gateway and Lodge were upgraded to Grade II* listed.
Grade II* are particularly important of more than special interest.
This national review by English Heritage has identified it as an early park, integral to Blackburn’s mid C19 expansion and improvements, with its original design relatively little altered.
For an airel view of the Conservatory please go to this link.
Time & the weather has taken it's toll on this unique stucture. The conservatory is now closed to visitors.
Many local people who live in the area and people who have moved out of the area have very fond memories of the park and the Conservatory. Mr Wayne Hemingway who grew up in Blackburn was recently in town and ran through every nook and cranny of the park. He said 'the Conservatory is indeed very beautiful, the park is looking magnificent and the town can be very proud of what the supporters group and others are doing to ensure that Corporation Park retains its beauty'.
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Our Community Our Future grant & a Community grant from New Ground Together will enable us to renovate the gatehouse and veranda back to their former glory. In addition this funding has enabled us to hold our first event supporting social integration:
A Spooky Halloween Ghost Walk which took place on 22nd October 2019.