Whalley ready for Britain in Bloom finals

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A dedicated group of gardeners from Whalley are ready to compete with the country’s most picturesque to get their village named as a national winner.

Whalley has been chosen from more than 1,000 entrants to represent the North West in the RHS Britain in Bloom 2015 Finals.

The pretty village was selected after winning the regional titles for engaging every element of the community, for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to helping the environment and for top horticultural achievement.

Delighted Mr Mike Wedgeworth, chairman of Whalley in Bloom, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been put through to the national finals.

“This means so much to everyone: residents, community groups, councils, businesses and visitors. It is a great opportunity to make our village an even nicer place than it already is and to engage everyone in showing our best face to our friends, locally and nationally.”

Penny Robinson-Kerr, Whalley’s volunteer co-ordinator added: “Everything in our ‘Bloom’ is the work of volunteers. The same is true of the community groups with whom we co-operate. Not only do we plant flowers, shrubs and veg in the busiest places: we are giving new life to tired areas of vacant land and doing all we can to conserve and restore woodlands and pathways. Even the local river has a community hydroelectricity scheme.”

Whalley will be visited by two RHS judges who will meet community representatives and go on a tour of local projects. Judges will assess everything from local recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation. They will also be looking at the management of street furniture and public parks. Results will be announced at an awards ceremony this October and will be attended by representatives of all 70 finalists.