Publications, Displays and Interpretation Boards


Since 2003, The Friends of Ashton Park have printed newsletters for circulation to members and made these available to interested members of the community.

Noticeboards and displays

Community notice boards can be found by the Lower Pavilion and the children’s playground.

There are 8 interpretation boards located round the park describing the history of the park (see the park map for their locations).

A further board was located close to the Lodge entrance in summer 2023. See below for images of the 9 interpretation boards.

A further notice board specialising in historical displays can be found in the Upper Park: watch out for the rotating display.

Additional community notice-boards can be found at the teashop and by the Lodge entrance.


Various leaflet guides have been published by the Group – a Tree Trail, Planets Trail and Historical Trail which enable you to walk round the park and learn about these subjects.

A history of Ashton Park: A Little Oasis

‘A Little Oasis’ was written by Barbara Mason and published by Countryvise in 1996. It provides an early history of Ashton Park with a family perspective.

Barbara Mason’s grandfather, Edward Hadwin, was the second Park-keeper and therefore she held a lifelong interest in the park.

As a keen local historian, Barbara Mason researched her subject well using archival material, early maps, memorabilia and oral history as well as her childhood recollections.

This is not just a book about the history of a town park, but also gives a flavour and insight into the opening decades of the 20th Century in West Kirby.

This is now out of print but can usually be purchased through on line second-hand book sales outlets.


A junior orienteering course has been set up across the park. The course map and route score card is available for downloading in the Clubs and Societies section under What’s On.