A rallying call has been made for people across Chorley to get behind the town’s bid for glory in a national competition.

The town has been chosen to represent the whole of the North West in the annual Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and now Chorley Council is urging residents, businesses, schools, organisations and community groups to pledge their support.

Chorley is competing against Bath, Bracknell, Crawley, Harrogate, Tamworth, Loughborough and Derry City in Ulster in the small city category of the competition.

In the summer, two RHS judges will visit the town meeting community representatives and tour local projects.

As well as judging the bedding displays, they will also inspect everything from recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation.

They’ll also be looking at the management of street furniture and public parks and will assess how well Chorley is responding to climate change and to council cuts by giving awards for sustainable practices and inventive schemes to raise money to fund projects.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees the borough’s floral displays, said: “It was our colourful and creative floral displays and amazing community involvement which so impressed independent judges at last year’s North West in Bloom.

“As a result we not only won a gold award for our efforts last year, but we were also chosen to represent the region in the UK finals this year which is a real feather in our cap.

Stephanie Eynon, RHS community horticulture manager, said: “This is a really special year to be an RHS Britain in Bloom finalist because it’s the 50th anniversary of the campaign.

“The awards are our way to say ‘thank you’ and may I wish Chorley the very best of luck in this our golden anniversary year.”

Councillor Lowe added: “Work has already started on drawing plans and ideas, enlisting people’s help and identifying projects and over the coming weeks we hope that more and more people will come on board.”

Those wishing to help can call on 01257 515151.