WILDFLOWERS and willow figures will again take centre stage to help Chorley bloom this summer following the fantastic feedback from last year.

Chorley Council has added to its ‘family’ of willow features on roundabouts and increased the number of wildflower areas, whilst working with the new community-led Chorley in Bloom group to make the borough look spectacular for residents and visitors alike.

Cllr Adrian Lowe, who oversees floral displays at Chorley Council, said: “We not only received awards from the prestigious Britain in Bloom and North West in Bloom competitions organised by the Royal Horticultural Society for our willow features and wildflowers, we also received wonderful feedback from residents and visitors to the town.

“So much so, that we’ve put additional willow features on roundabouts, we’re planting more wildflower areas across the borough and we’re putting additional planters in the town centre.

“All this, coupled with the work that the new Chorley in Bloom group is doing in particular encouraging schools, shops and pubs to get involved, should mean that once again Chorley will look blooming marvellous this summer.”

The lasting legacy of the wildflowers and willow features which reflect the town’s proud history on the roundabouts on the town centre bypass have been added to for this year.

These include a willow figure looking through a telescope on the roundabout near B&Q to represent Jeremiah Horrocks who was the first to track the Transit of Venus, and willow butterflies added to the Lyons Lane roundabout which depicts Chorley’s links with the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate

Also, a willow family having a picnic is set to be installed in Astley Park, and to reflect the history of Buckshaw Village, which is built on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory, there’s a willow figure of a girl pushing a trolley loaded with munitions been installed on the roundabout near the War Horse pub.

Wildflower planting has also been extended to roundabouts in Buckshaw Village and the Gillibrand link road, and extra wildflower areas have been created in Astley Village, Blackburn Road, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley Cemetery and Carr Brook, Whittle-le-Woods.