A rallying call has been made for people across Chorley to pull out all the stops and prove the town is “blooming” marvellous.
Chorley has been chosen to represent the North West in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Now, Chorley Council is urging residents, businesses, schools, organisations and community groups to pledge their support.
Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees the borough’s floral displays, said: “It was our colourful and creative floral displays, our exceptional commitment to helping the environment and the amazing community involvement in making Chorley bloom which so impressed independent judges at last year’s North West in Bloom.
“As a result, we not only won a gold award for our efforts last year, but we were also chosen to represent the region in the UK finals this year which is a real feather in our cap.
“It will give us chance to put Chorley on the national map, and showcase what a blooming lovely place we live in.
“We want to build on last year’s success but this is not something we can, or would want to, do ourselves.
“Involving the whole community is key, so we’d just love everyone to get behind the bid.
“We’ve got some stiff opposition in our category, but I know that with the support from the people of Chorley we can triumph.”
Chorley is competing against Bath, Bracknell, Crawley, Harrogate, Tamworth, Loughborough and Derry city in the small city category.
In the summer, two judges will visit the town to meet community representatives and tour local projects.
As well as judging the bedding displays, they will inspect everything from recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation.
They will also be looking at the management of street furniture and public parks, plus assess how well Chorley is responding to climate change and council cuts, by giving awards for sustainable practices and inventive schemes to raise money to fund projects.
To get involved in Chorley’s bid, call the council on 01257 515151.