Flood hit village is all set to bloom back into life

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A village that was decimated by the Boxing Day floods is set to bloom back into life.

The Whalley in Bloom committee, that spends months sprucing up the village so it can compete in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition, is putting chasing the prize on hold to get the village back on its feet.

Volunteers are already working on plans to restore the many lost and damaged gardens and destroyed planters and pots that were taken in the floods.

Recovery, restoration and renewal is the theme of the project and the committee, which last year scooped a regional gold and national silver gilt in the contest, is open to ideas about how they can help green fingered residents restore their beloved gardens.

Chairman of Whalley in Bloom Mr Michael Wedgeworth said: “Our aim is to help the village get back on its feet and we have thought about ways in which we could do this, from helping to clean up the river bank to collecting plants and cuttings for donation to those who need them.

“We have never regarded ourselves as separate from the many others in our community, especially those who have worked magnificently to help those affected by the floods.

“So we are open to ideas about how we might contribute, horticulturally speaking, to the village’s recovery.’’

Anyone who would like to help is asked to contacted Mr Wedgeworth on michael_wedgeworth@hotmail.com or ring him on 07449927618.