Blackburn hopes to continue their two-year winning streak at The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) North West in Bloom Awards, which honour the region’s greenest and most beautiful locations.

Today (Thursday 5th July 2018) the town was visited by NW RHS judges. A group led the pair of judges on a tour of the town, taking in areas including the Cathedral Quarter, Church Street, Fleming Square, King William Street, and the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage area where a new environmental improvement scheme is planned.

Blackburn is competing in the Business Improvement District category and Small City Category of the quintessentially British competition with hopes of being recognised as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK. The additional planting and maintenance is supported by funding from the Blackburn Business Improvement District.

Blackburn hoped to impress the judges by showing them the very best of the North West’s community horticulture. The group’s entry will be assessed across three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Councillor Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The flower displays in the town centre are blooming once again this year and I would really like to thank the work of the town centre gardeners and the street cleansing teams who every year go the extra mile to help make our town look so vibrant and attractive.

“Special thanks also go to all the volunteers including Blackburn Horticultural Society, Blackburn College and McDonalds who have had volunteers litter-picking in the town, Shh! Bar on Northgate, all the Town Hall Street businesses and The Postal Order who have done a sterling job with their displays

Cllr Riley added: “We would love to build on the past two years’ brilliant achievements and win a hat-trick gold award. We are very proud of our strong partnerships between the Council, Blackburn BID and other local organisations who all work together to help ensure our town centre is a beautiful space for our residents, visitors and workers to enjoy.”

Nicola Clayton, Chair of the Blackburn BID, said: “The Council’s dedicated gardeners and all the volunteers have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the judges’ arrival. We have been busy litter picking, watering and weeding so that our displays look their best for the big day.

“The additional support from the BID makes these incredible displays possible and shows what can be achieved when town centre businesses work in partnership with the teams from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.”

The winners will be announced at the end of October in a ceremony in Southport.

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