Popular Chorley Flower Show will be back next year

Don Billington with his display at Chorley Flower Show
Don Billington with his display at Chorley Flower Show

The first ever Chorley Flower Show proved to be such a hit that it will be held again next year.

Around 10,000 people from around the country attended the show at Astley Park at the weekend for two days of horticultural-related entertainment organised by Chorley Council.

“We’ve proven that we can deliver a really good flower show and we want to set the date for next year as soon as we can.”

Coun Peter Wilson

It included the unveiling of The Evaders Garden, which won an award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has now been installed at the park.

And council bosses have now confirmed that they are starting to make plans to hold the show again in 2016.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy council leader, said: “The response from both visitors and those exhibiting and trading at the show was overwhelmingly positive with many saying they are already coming back next year.

“We’re really proud to have done so well with the first show and we are now looking at how we can build on the success for next year and make it even better.

“We had lots of constructive comments about how we could tweak it to make sure it would be even better so we will be taking all that on board.”

The council is looking at when to hold the event next year so it does not clash with other major flower shows.

“We’ve proven that we can deliver a really good flower show and we want to set the date for next year as soon as we can,” said Coun Wilson.

“We will be speaking with all the exhibitors and traders to see what works for them but it will likely stay as the first weekend in August or move forward to the last weekend in July.

“If there are any businesses that would like to get involved then get in touch with the council and we will be happy to discuss it with you.”