As many of you will know, the Friends of Burrs group is a collection of local residents and park users who are passionate about Burrs Country Park. The Friends group was set up to take over the Community Management of the park, as funding from Bury Council is gradually phased out. They received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to employ a Business Mentor to help them move towards a social enterprise to run the park. The group are all volunteers and they now need your help as they move forward into the future. Please would you complete this survey? The results will help them plan how Burrs can develop in the coming years. Many thanks.



Happy New Year everyone – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas. This seems like a good time to give you an update about the Burrs improvements. Friends of Burrs have been working in partnership with Proffitts and Bury Council to try and attract funding to make good the, currently, very muddy paths on the site. With funding secured from Tesco and the Social Capital Fund we will be implementing the path improvements in the areas of highest need first. Part of the work planned also includes replacing some of the fishing pegs which have deteriorated. Once this is done we will be working with the local angling group to advertise the new pegs and attract more people to the sport in Burrs . Other elements of work include the plans to improve access in and out of the canoe training pool to encourage the access link / loop to the canal , which then takes the canoeist up toward the weir in the River Irwell. These are small improvements but improvements that are a high priority for users of Burrs and they’ll have a big impact. All of these works will take place before April 2020 so watch out for them.

You may remember we applied for some funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. This was requested to help the newly formed Friends of Burrs group start to understand the depth of work required in running Burrs Countryside Park, to help the group produce a Business Plan for the whole site and to look at the assets and the opportunities within the site. Good progress is being made with the document and we hope to have some updates by April 2020.

There are always lots of things going on in and around Burrs. If you would like to get more involved at any point don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Friends of Burrs group. The next public meeting is taking place at the function room above the fantastic Lampost Café in Burrs next week on 21.01.20 at 7pm.

Here are some pictures from our latest walk around the park


Following on from being named as one of the best parks in the UK, the “Much Loved Park” certificate presentation ceremony with the Mayor and his wife, the Friends of Burrs and the Bury Volunteer Ranger Service was featured in the Bury Times last week. Here’s the link to it. You will notice that there are 6 great photos in the rolling banner at the top of the page:
The certificate has been framed and we are hoping to hang it in The Lamppost Café. Congratulations to everyone involved!



Great news! We were delighted to hear that The Friends of Burrs group were successful at The Pitch event.

The Friends of Burrs Chairman, Hilary Marshall, gave an excellent “pitch” for a grant to get new and updated signage for the Sculpture Trail and the historical architectural remains around the park, as well as promotional signs. You can watch Hilary in action on the Friends of Burrs Facebook page below:

https://www.facebook.com/brentjames.pinder/videos/pcb.5021670772464 90/391840001741856/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

The group were awarded the full £1500 that they applied for. Well done Hilary, and all involved!


Just a reminder that the online voting for The Pitch Fund is now closed but you can still attend the actual event tomorrow at All Saints Church, Hebburn Dr which starts at 11am (entry not before 10.30am).

There is a precis of the Pitch online under Bury West Pitch Online Information and the Friends of Burrs Pitch is for promoting Burrs Country Park and replacing the worn out Signage around the park. They also need to add new Signage to Historic and Sculpture Trail items that currently lack details.


Thank you for your support.


We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Burrs fund raising calendar is now available! If you would like to have one (or more), the group are asking for a donation of £6 – details below:

Many thanks



The Friends of Burrs group have applied for a grant from The Pitch Fund. This year they are able to have votes that are cast online, prior to the event, as well as at the actual event on the 14th September at All Saints Church, Hebburn Dr which starts at 11am (entry not before 10.30am).

If you are unable to attend, but would like to vote, you can do so by using the following link  –


There is a precis of the Pitch online under Bury West Pitch Online Information and the Friends of Burrs Pitch is for promoting Burrs Country Park and replacing the worn out Signage around the park. They also need to add new Signage to Historic and Sculpture Trail items that currently lack details.

PLEASE NOTE – You must vote for 5 projects, otherwise your vote will not count and voting closes on the 12th September.

Thank you for your support.


Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos for the Burrs fundraising calendar so far – there has been a great response. However, the group are still missing a couple of shots. They need something for early spring (maybe early crocus/daffodils/snowdrops but without snow or leaves on trees) and something for mid summer (colourful, blue sky? trees in full leaf). They need to be recognisably taken at Burrs, preferably without people. They are short of photos showing historic features (chimney, old pump or mill remains), the Mousetrap and colourful Burrs Stones.

The group are extending the deadline to make sure they get the most attractive and appealing range of images, so please look back at your photos and see if you have anything that will fit the bill. Please email your photos to friendsofburrscountrypark@gmail.com in landscape format.

Many thanks


We are pleased to announce this opportunity to involve an architect at Burrs Country Park for an options appraisal for the old activity centre building. The work will guide the Friends of Burrs group and partners on how best to utilise the building and lead to further investment and involvement in the park. Full details attached – please do send on to anyone you think may be interested.

Architects consultants Brief 09.08 (1)


The Friends of Burrs group will be creating a calendar and they’re looking for photos that reflect the changing seasons in the park. If you have a picture that you think should be considered then please email them to friendsofburrscountrypark@gmail.com by Sun 11th Aug.

We can’t wait to see the final images and pick up a copy of the calendar later this year!


It’s Balsam Bash time again…if you can spare a couple of hours on Sunday 28th July do pop along and help out. All details on flyer below.


The next Friends of Burrs meeting will be on Wednesday 17th July at 7.00pm at The Lamppost Café. Everybody is very welcome to come along and hear the latest news about Burrs.


URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT : Sorry everyone, but we’ve been informed that the ‘HAVE A FIELD DAY’ event that was scheduled for 6th July had now been CANCELLED.

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A quick reminder that the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme votes for this round will be open until Sunday 30th June. If you’re in the Tesco store in Ramsbottom don’t forget to use your blue counters to vote for the Friends of Burrs Country Park, or any of the 3 fantastic projects when you shop.


Just a quick reminder that the Balsam Bash is happening on Sunday 23rd June, 2-4pm. All details on the poster below:


Advanced warning that The Friends of Burrs are having a Balsam Bash on Sun 23rd June 2-4pm, meeting at the Stocks St car park. All details on poster attached.

Also a reminder that the Burrs Garden Club are hoping to hold a Plant Sale this Sat 15th June from 10.30am outside the Lamppost Café. Please support them by either coming to buy some plants or by bringing some plants for them to sell. Or maybe both!

Your support is much appreciated.


The Friends of Burrs Garden Club are organising a fund raising Plant Sale on Sat 15th June outside the Lamppost Café from 10.30am onwards. Please come along and support them by either buying some plants or bringing along some plants to sell.


Please find attached the brief for the Burrs Country Park Business Mentors. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested then the Friends of Burrs group would love to hear from you. The closing date is 24th June, 2019.

Burrs Country Park Business Mentors Brief 05.06


Friends of Burrs are looking for someone to organise the ‘Have a Field Day’ event will take place on the Showground at Burrs Country Park on Saturday 6th July. There are already lots of resources and support for it from the Fields in Trust group and the Friends of Burrs (who have done much of the spade work like registering for the event, booking the Showground and organising insurance etc) but they need someone to run it on the day. Could that someone be you? Do you know someone who would love to take the lead on this?  If you think you could help – please have a look at the Fields in Trust website http://www.fieldsintrust.org/have-a-field-day for more information


Just another quick reminder that you have until Sunday 30th June to vote for Friends of Burrs to receive some funding from the brilliant Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. Pop your coins in the box at the Tesco store, Ramsbottom. Thanks to everyone who supports this project, and all of the other good causes advertised in store.


The Friends of Burrs group have now launched their new fantastic website along with a Google Business page. Take a look at the links for more details!


The next Friends of Burrs meeting will take place on 23rd May, 7pm at The Lampost Cafe in Burrs. All welcome to come along and share any comments, thoughts, ideas or questions with the group. We look forward to seeing you there.


Just a reminder that you have until Sunday 30th June to vote for Friends of Burrs to receive some funding from the brilliant Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. Pop your coins in the box at the Tesco store, Ramsbottom. Thanks to everyone who supports this project, and all of the other good causes advertised in store.


The press release about Tesco Bags of Help has been published in The Bury Times on-line edition. This is the link to it:


Don’t forget to vote for any of the good causes each time you shop!


We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Burrs application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and Burrs Country Park will be put forward to a customer vote in the Ramsbottom Tesco store during May and June 2019.

This project, along with the other two successful projects, will go forward to a vote in the store where Tesco customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st May 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019 and we will find out at the end of July 2019 the amount of funding we will receive. The project with the highest number of votes could receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within the Ramsbottom store (Irwell St, BL0 9AS. See the attached map) of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. You then put the token in the Tesco Bags of Help unit, usually located near the door.

Thank you, Tesco!


Just a reminder about the new group created by Friends of Burrs called the Burrs Gardening group who do general gardening and maintenance and we are looking to recruit more volunteers to help with these activites – could you help out? The aim is to help maintain and improve areas of our park. The group will be working on tasks such as tidying beds, replanting, pruning, cutting back overgrown footpaths, controlling weeds, sensory beds and incredible edible beds (coming soon). It will meet on Tuesday afternoons and have will task days throughout the year. There may also have some evening sessions. If you are interested in joining the Burrs Gardening group please email – burrsgardengroup@yahoo.com to find out more information.


Friends of Burrs is looking for an Events Coordinator to work alongside volunteers organising activities for adults and children within Burrs. Outdoor activities could include photography or sketching, den building or pond dipping, as well as litter picking and balsam bashing. Indoor activities could include craft and fund raising. They welcome all ideas. This would be a voluntary position and the time input would be up to the individual. If this is something that appeals to you or someone you know, maybe someone with experience in Events Management who wants to put something back into the community, please email friendsofburrscountrypark@gmail.com for more information. Training is available


If you’re a budding gardener and you would like to get involved in the new Burrs Gardening Club then please email and let the group know burrsgardengroup@yahoo.com. They will meet on Tuesday afternoons.


Friends of Burrs invite you to join the Great British Spring Clean – Sunday 14th April at 2pm. Further details below:


The Friends of Burrs are organising a Litter Pick to smarten up our Burrs Country Park for the Spring and would like to invite you all to take part. The group will meet up at the Wheel Sculpture car park at 2.00pm on Sunday 10th March and then split up into groups to tackle different areas. They will finish at 3.30pm at the Council barn on Stocks Street.

Anyone volunteering to take part should wear suitable clothing and footwear – gardening gloves would be a good too. If you have a picker, please bring it with you but they do have spares you can borrow. They will supply the rubbish bags.

Poster for the event below. Please do take part as the more the merrier. 🙂


We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Burrs were awarded £1000 for the Gardening Project at The Pitch event and we look forward to seeing what happens when they get the project up and running!

Other winners included Borough of Bury Veterans Association, Bury2gether, Elton Cricket Club, St Stephen’s Community Drama, People’s Voice Brandleholme Community Group, Bolton Road Methodist Church Fun Day, Fusilier Court Garden Committee, Ellton All Saints Operatic Society, Fusilier Court Residents Association and Fusilier Court Social Activies Committee.


The Friends of Burrs Country Park group is applying for a grant to kick-start a brilliant community garden project. If you’d like to support the group in their bid to get funding, then please go along to The Pitch event taking place on 2nd March! Details below:


Please see details of The Pitch – Bury West Community Funding Event below. Do go along and find out about the fantastic work that volunteer groups are doing in Bury West and then vote for your favourite.


Just a little reminder of some of the activities that take place at Burrs Country Park in Bury. If you like the water, take a look at http://www.burycanoekayakclub.co.uk/  based at Burrs. You can get in touch with them anytime and in the Summer months they meet from 4.30pm onwards on a Sunday evening on the training pond or the River Irwell. The training pond is due some improvements soon too, so we’ll keep you updated on how that goes.


A big well done to East Lancashire Railway –  a really impressive 10 years and a model in how to run

and self-manage with a core of dedicated volunteers. Check out Page 9 with a specific reference to

Burrs. Here’s to another 10!


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Hi all,

Some really significant progress has been made by Friends of Burrs Country Park last week. They are now a fully constituted group! This means that they are able to apply for funding to help tackle some of the priorities the users of Burrs have identified as issues. Priorities such as improving footpaths and making the most of the heritage there. Well done to everyone who signed up to a role. The group really has come a long way from 4 members to over 40 at the last meeting. Let’s keep the momentum going!


If anyone wants to help the Friend of Burrs with the Burrs Balsam Bash – please see details below. The group are hoping to stop the spread of Himalayan Balsam, a non-native species that is threatening the Country Park. There will be 2 Sessions:

1st Session  

Date And Time –  Sunday 8th July  2pm – 4pm

Meeting Place  –  The Stock Street Car Park, by the Wheel Sculpture, Burrs Country Park

2nd Session

Date and Time  –  Tuesday 10th July  10am – 2pm

Meeting Place   –  Chimney Car Park, Burrs Country Park

The 2nd session will be led by the Bury Voluntary Rangers.

Please wear long trousers, long sleeved tops and sturdy shoes as you may be working amongst nettles.  Gloves are available, or you may wish to bring your own.


A lovely walk in Burrs, followed by tea and gorgeous chocolate cake at The Lamppost Cafe. Such a brilliant addition to Burrs, do pop in if you get the chance. You can sit in the sun, or get some shade inside. Dogs are welcome too – with plenty of cold water bowls available to cool pups down on a hot day. Looking forward to going back and trying more of the menu – not just the cakes!



Look out for the new ‘Friends of Burrs’ Logo!


Please find attached the minutes from the last ‘Friends of Burrs’ meeting:

Minutes of the Friends of Burrs meeting held on Thursday 15th of March V.._


Hey there – just pointing out the TripAdvisor page for Burrs Country Park. Check it out, give it a visit. Literally, give it a visit maybe using the East Lancashire Railway station between Rawtenstall and Bury – there’s a great day out to be had there. 🙂

TripAdvisor Burrs Country Park


Congratulations to all the volunteers taking part in the huge litter-pick at Burrs Country Park. Their hard work has given the park a wonderful spring clean, and it’s also got them a well deserved mention in the Bury Times!



Friends of Burrs Country and Brandlesholme Residents Association are holding a litter pick on Burrs tomorrow – Sunday 15th April. All volunteers are welcome. Please meet at the car park by the wheel sculpture at 2pm. Please click here for more details.

Litter Pick 15 April 2018


Hi there as discussed at the last meeting group members have took it on themselves to create a Facebook page called Friends of Burrs Country Park – please see further info below. Thumbs up!

Hello 😊

As someone who has shown an interest in Burrs Country Park, I thought you would like to know that I have set up a Facebook page called Friends of Burrs Country Park to get people who are interested in the future of Burrs together. We are a group of local residents and park users who want to help improve Burrs. Please join us and help to make Burrs a beautiful space and an attractive place for people to visit.

Please visit the page and join us.



Hi all – hows it going? Just keeping you up to date on progress with the Heritage Lottery Resilient Fund. The bid is now submitted! We did this just before the meeting on the 15.03.18. Cross everything you have and watch this space for an update in around 10 weeks.


Following the Expression Of Interest we submitted earlier this month we visited Heritage Lottery Fund offices to discuss ideas for Burrs Countryside Park further. The meeting with Louise and Sophie was really quite positive and we have come away with a better idea of how we should shape the final submission. Of course we will be meeting you all again over the next month or two to share in more detail but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any uestions in the meantime. Thanks.


We are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and East Lancashire Railway in the development and improvement of Burrs Country Park. Using the Burrs Country Park Strategy 2015 – 2029 as a foundation we are starting to identify priorities and sources of funding which will lead to the improvements within this document. As the programme of work develops and leads to physical improvements on the ground we will be looking for a steer from local residents and users of Burrs Country Park. If you would be interested in getting involved in any aspect or would simply like to know what’s going on in terms of progress, physical improvements community involvement opportunities please book mark this page and or contact us through this page at any time. Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

Here is a link to the strategy if you would like to find out more.


Great insight to the Irwell Sculpture trail – some very impressive pieces!