Get your entries in for Chorley Flower Show
Gardening enthusiasts are being encouraged to make history and take part in the first ever Chorley Flower Show to be hosted in the magnificent grounds of Astley Park.
If you have ever fancied yourself as an Alan Titchmarsh or Charlie Dimmock then now is the opportunity to showcase your skills at the Chorley Council-run show.
Applications are now open for the amateur section with classes for both adults and children ranging from flowers in a vase through to patio container displays.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Flower Show is part of our growing events calendar that will help put Chorley on the map as a visitor destination.
“The show has come on the back of the work we have been doing to make Chorley bloom and a lot of the success has been down to the hard work of the many groups and volunteers that support us.
“We felt it was only right we had a section of the show that showcased the talent we have here in the borough giving people the chance to exhibit in front of thousands of people.
“Whether you’re a keen gardener or someone who wants to try entering a show for the first time then we urge you to give it a go as it promises to be a fantastic weekend.”
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 in each of the 37 classes.
The amateur sections are being jointly organised with Chorley and District Gardening Society, which has been hosting shows in the town since 1884.
David Brown, Chairman of Chorley and District Gardening Society, said: “There are many fantastic displays and gardens around the borough and it’s brilliant to see a new show of this size being hosted in Chorley.
“We are really pleased to be supporting the event and we’d encourage people to get out in their gardens and submit an entry for the show.
“One of the pleasures of gardening is sharing it with other people so if you like your garden, other people will love it.
“If you are thinking of entering don’t leave it too late as places will be limited in the marquee.”
Chorley Flower Show will take place in Astley Park, on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 August, and tickets will be on sale later this month.
You can download a full schedule for the amateur section, which includes the classes and application forms, at chorley.gov.uk, or call in at the council offices.
Pic caption: The schedule for the amateur section of the competition is available now.
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