Amateur gardeners can show blooms at town's flower show

Gardening enthusiasts are being encouraged to submit their entries for the amateur section of Chorley Flower Show.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 4:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 4:05 pm
Last year's Chorley Flower Show

There are new categories for the second annual event, with everything from roses to begonias, and for the first time there will be fruit and vegetable classes.

Gary Hall, chief executive at Chorley Council, said: “We had tremendous feedback on the first ever Chorley Flower Show and it promises to be even more exciting this year.

“The amateur section was a really popular part of the show and it was great to see so many smiling faces from local people proud to be able to exhibit plants and flowers that they had grown at home.

“It’d be great to see even more entries this year, particularly from children and people who perhaps haven’t taken part in a show before.”

It is free to enter and there will be cash prizes for first, second and third, with more than 50 classes.

The show will be held at Astley Park on July 30 and 31.

The amateur sections are being jointly organised with Chorley And District Gardening Society.

Society chairman David Brown said: “We’d really like to encourage first-time exhibitors to take part - one of the pleasures of gardening is sharing it with other people so if you like your garden, other people will love it too.

“We had lots of new members join us on the back of the show and there is a growing gardening community in Chorley.”