Town comes up roses in national floral contest

Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Roy and Margaret Lees, with Britain in Bloom judges, Martyn Hird and Roe Beckwith, during their visit to Chorley
Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Roy and Margaret Lees, with Britain in Bloom judges, Martyn Hird and Roe Beckwith, during their visit to Chorley
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Chorley proved it was blooming marvellous when it scooped two awards last night at the Britain In Bloom final.

The town was awarded silver in the small city category of the competition, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The overall winner of the category was Bath, which won gold.

Chorley also received the RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Award for its commitment to pollinator-friendly planting.

There was also success for Elswick, which won gold in the village category.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees floral displays for Chorley Council, said: “To represent the North West region in the prestigious Britain In Bloom competition has been an amazing experience pulling together our whole community as our community groups, individuals, local schools, traders, businesses and organisations worked so well with our council staff to ensure we had some tremendous displays.

“The experience has led to renewed pride in our town which we can now take forward for ‘in bloom’ in future years and build on the ‘feel-good’ factor being part of the competition has generated.”

Britain In Bloom judges visited Chorley in August to see roundabouts featuring the town’s historical links, willow figures and wildflowers, and the St George’s Church area of Chapel Street, which had been improved by traders.

They also visited Yarrow Valley Country Park, Astley Park School and Astley Park.

About Chorley’s efforts, the judges said: “We were very impressed by the overall effort of this first-time entry. The newly-formed group will have a new chair very soon and then be in a position to move forward.

“The judges were encouraged by the number of groups that have become part of Chorley In Bloom and wish them well.

“The willow figures and wildflowers have been much appreciated by the people of Chorley. With a lifespan of five years, the willow figures will give enjoyment for years to come.”

Adam Frost, who has won six gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and started his career in a local authority parks department, hosted last night’s ceremony at the Bristol Marriott City Centre.