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Volunteers help Chorley look blooming marvellous

Chorley Council workers  Paul Marsh and Dave Pennington with daffodils on Millennium Way, Chorley, and below, pupils from Astley Park School plant snowdrops at Astley Park

Chorley Council workers Paul Marsh and Dave Pennington with daffodils on Millennium Way, Chorley, and below, pupils from Astley Park School plant snowdrops at Astley Park

 

Colourful flowers are popping up all around Chorley as the town prepares for the Britain In Bloom competition.

Schools, groups, organisations, businesses and individuals are pledging their support to ensure Chorley blooms when it represents the North West in the Royal Horticultural Society event.

Chorley Council has allocated £10,000 to improving horticultural displays and will create special features in the town and on roundabouts.

There will also be new features at Astley Park, such as wildflower meadows, a snowdrop trail and improvements to the sensory garden.

Around 135 people worked on the snowdrop trail, including schoolchildren and adults from various groups.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees the borough’s floral displays, said: “We have been delighted with the level of support promised so far.

“We’ve had offers of sponsorship from businesses and organisations, and groups, schools and individuals are helping with planting projects.

“I’m really pleased that town centre pubs, shops and businesses are coming on board, and Chorley Little Theatre, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, local schools and community and volunteer groups – people of all ages - are all getting involved.

“It’s really exciting how everyone’s working together to make this happen.”

Chorley has been selected to represent the North West in the “small city” category of Britain In Bloom, after winning a gold award in North West In Bloom last year.

Judges will visit the town, meet community representatives and tour local projects.

They will also look at recycling initiatives, areas of natural habitat, management of street furniture, how the council is responding to climate change and other issues.

To get involved in community projects, or find out about sponsoring floral displays, contact 01257 515151 or contact@chorley.gov.uk.

 

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