Chorley’s floral features and colourful creations took centre stage this week when the North West in Bloom judges visited the town.
The judges of the prestigious competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society were taken on a tour to see the dazzling displays, and they met the individuals, groups and organisations who helped Chorley to bloom this summer.
Chorley won a gold award last year and its displays of 2013 impressed the North West in Bloom judges so much, they chose the town to represent the whole of the North West in the national Britain in Bloom competition this year.
The Britain in Bloom judges will be visiting Chorley on Wednesday, August 6, and will get to see the feature roundabouts, the Band of Brothers tribute to commemorate the 100 years since the start of the First World War, the town centre floral displays, local allotments, the work of school and community growing groups, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Astley Park and more.
The town’s history is featured particularly on the roundabouts on the bypass with other features paying tribute to the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War this year and the Royal Horticultural Society’s own 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom with ‘growing for gold’.
Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees floral displays for Chorley Council, said: “We’ve not yet had any official feedback from the judges and we won’t until the results are announced in October, but the judges seemed very impressed with what we’d done.
“Not just the blooms which really are very spectacular and about which we’ve had lots of wonderful comments from residents and visitors alike, but also the work we’ve done with community groups, Friends groups, schools, allotment groups and businesses building on our success of last year. So our fingers are crossed that we will be among the winners again this year!”
Councillor Lowe added: “We’ve also used lots of wildflowers this year particularly on our roundabouts to attract nature back into the town, and in our parks and car parks.
“To make sure they looked spectacular, we sought advice from Professor Howard Wood who was involved in the creation of the magnificent wildflower park at the Olympics in 2012.”