Double success for town in North West floral awards

Celebrating Chorley's win in Britain In Bloom
Celebrating Chorley's win in Britain In Bloom
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Chorley’s floral features have seen off the competition to scoop more awards.

Last week, the Guardian reported that Chorley had won a silver award and a one-off special award in the prestigious Britain In Bloom competition, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

And Chorley Council received two more top honours for its displays at the annual North West In Bloom Awards on Friday.

At a ceremony held in Southport, Chorley received the North West In Bloom gold award.

Its Band Of Brothers wicker figures, a tribute on Union Street to the Chorley Pals who fought in the First World War, won a special award for the Best Feature In A Public Place.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees the borough’s floral displays, said: “We are over the moon to have won another gold award this year at the North West In Bloom competition and for our Band Of Brothers to have been chosen as the best feature in the whole of the North West region.

“We have had so many wonderful compliments and feedback over the summer from residents and visitors to the town, particularly about our feature roundabouts, the wicker figures and the wildflower plantings we’ve done. It’s good to have all the hard work done by all those involved endorsed by independent judges.

“These latest two awards come on the back of the success we had at the prestigious Britain In Bloom competition in which we represented the whole of the North West.”

He praised everyone involved in the project.

Coun Lowe, who received a certificate and rose bowl on behalf of the council, said: “All the work that has gone into this year’s displays has created the foundations for future years to come and we look forward to working with all those volunteers, organisations, individuals, schools and businesses again over this next year.

“A huge thank you must go to all those involved, those who sponsored Chorley In Bloom and those who gave donations.”

The wicker figures are set to be taken down mid-November to be treated ready for use next year.