Haslam Park, situated in Ashton, north west of Preston, consists of a formal park and a nature reserve.
The land on both is owned by Preston City Council (PCC).
The formal park was opened in 1910 on land given to the people of Preston by the daughter of a local mill owner.
There are two features on the park which are maintained by FoHP they are the rose beds and the sensory garden. We are also creating a small wildflower meadow on an area of rank grass.
Apart from the above mentioned FoHP have no management or maintenance responsibilities for the formal park.
Matters regarding structures, facilities and standards are discussed in our monthly meetings which are attended by a Preston City Council (PCC) Parks Department representative. We support and work with them on joint funding bids. We also make recommendations. One example is a proposal made in 2018 to change the mowing regime and reduce the use of herbicide. This was put to the Head of Parks and was accepted. The practice will commence on a trial area in 2019.
In 2006 a local Nature Reserve (LNR) was designated on land attached to the park that was farmed until the 1970's. This is managed by FoHP working Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) and supported by PCC. It's varied habitat consists of hedgerows, woodland, wildflower meadows, open grassland, a wetland and a community orchard. Two fresh water brooks run through it and the Lancaster Canal forms one of its borders. It supports a healthy variety of flora and fauna all sightings of which are recorded and submitted to LERN and other relevant recording networks.
FoHP work closely with a LWT officer and volunteers to create, improve and maintain habitat throughout the reserve. A yearly work plan in keeping with the 5 year management plan for the reserve is produced. We also work with local and national groups on various projects i.e. removal of non native invasive flora.
The reserve is on Preston City Council land. We keep them informed of our work schedule and they support our management of the LNR.