Chelsea garden could be on its way to park

The Evaders Garden won a silver gilt medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Evaders Garden won a silver gilt medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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An award-winning garden could soon be a permanent feature at Astley Park.

A planning application will go before Chorley Council’s development control committee tonight seeking permission to install The Evaders Garden, which won a silver gilt award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“As the garden is a new development within the park it needs planning permission and a decision will be made at Tuesday’s meeting. Consultees, including Historic England, are supportive of the plans and if approved the garden will be re-instated and unveiled at the Chorley Flower Show on August 1 and 2.”

Coun Paul Walmsley

It is recommended for approval and would see the garden become the centrepiece for the Chorley Flower Show.

The garden was designed by John Everiss, who was commissioned by the council, and it tells the story of an airman shot down in France during the Second World War. It was inspired by his father.

Coun Paul Walmsley, who oversees planning, said: “As the garden is a new development within the park it needs planning permission and a decision will be made at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Consultees, including Historic England, are supportive of the plans and if approved the garden will be re-instated and unveiled at the Chorley Flower Show on August 1 and 2.”

Applications are open for the amateur section of the council-run flower show, with classes for adults and children ranging from flowers in a vase to patio container displays.

The amateur sections are being organised with Chorley And District Gardening Society. For more information, go to chorley.gov.uk or call in at the council offices.