GARDENING enthusiasts are being encouraged to submit their entries for the award-winning Chorley Flower Show as the applications are starting to come in thick and fast.

After the phenomenal success of the first ever show Chorley Council is urging gardeners and floral artists of all ages to take the opportunity of entering this year’s event.

Those looking to enter the floral art section are being reminded that the deadline is at the end of June to allow for the staging to be prepared in time.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re getting a lot of interest in this year’s flower show with people talking about how excited they are to attend again this year.

“We just wanted to encourage anyone who was thinking of submitting an entry for the amateur section to get it in sooner rather than later so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part if the section fills up.

“Everything is going well in preparation for the show – we’ve got many top exhibitors and traders from across the country attending and the amateur section has been a real highlight for visitors.”

The show was held for the first time in 2015 and was a winner in the prestigious Lancashire Tourism Awards in only its second year.

The amateur sections of the show will feature flower and pot plant classes and a floral art competition.

It is free to anyone to enter and it will be judged with cash prizes for first, second and third, with more than 50 classes to choose from.

The amateur sections are being jointly organised with Chorley and District Gardening Society, which has been hosting shows in the town since 1884, and resident Dedrah Moss, who has been an exhibitor in floral art competitions for many years

Dedrah Moss, who is overseeing the floral art entries, said: “We know people like to leave it until the last minute to submit their entries but with the interest we’ve seen so far we’d urge people to put their applications in as early as they can so they don’t miss out.

“We’ve brought the floral art deadline forward to Friday 30 June just because we need to know how many entries we’ll have to get the staging prepared in time.

“There’s a little bit longer to enter the flower, fruit and vegetable classes (entries close on 26 July) but we need people to enter sooner rather than later so we can as we expect the classes to fill up quickly.”

Chorley Flower Show will take place in Astley Park, on Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 July, and tickets are on sale now at chorleyflowershow.com, Malcolm’s Musicland, on Chapel Street, Café Ambio, in Astley Park and the main sponsor Botany Bay.

You can download a full schedule for the amateur section, which includes the classes and application forms, at chorleyflowershow.com, or call in at the council offices.