Local company, Goose Foot Street Furniture, part of the WEC group have helped add to Blackburn town centre’s floral displays with new distinctive aluminium signage, helping to celebrate the town’s gold medal in last year’s NW in Bloom competition.
Blackburn’s additional flowers and maintenance are funded by town centre businesses through the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID).
The town recently hosted judges from the national Britain in Bloom competition where Blackburn is in the running for a medal in the BID category of the competition. The judges said they were “wowed” by the displays the saw in Blackburn and the flowers that greeted them as they arrived at Blackburn train station were the best they had seen anywhere.
Hot on their heels, the judges from NW in Bloom also took a tour of the town and were accompanied by Gary Henderson from Goose Foot Street Furniture.
Judges, Bill Blackledge and Brian Whalley from NW in Bloom were shown the work of the BID’s Adopt-a-Pot scheme, where local businesses have agreed to display flowers outside their shops, whilst taking on their watering and care themselves.
Harriet Roberts, manager of Blackburn BID, said, “To be in the running for two awards for the floral displays in Blackburn this year is fantastic. We have had around 50 businesses in the town centre take on flowers and they have received great feedback from customers. It is especially pleasing when so many businesses get on board and are prepared to make the town look greener and more colourful for visitors.”
The results of the Britain in Bloom competition will be announced in October.
(Pictured from l-r Eddie Maxwell, Parks Manager from Blackburn with Darwen Council, Bill Blackledge, Chair of NW in Bloom, Brian Whalley, Vice-chair of NW in Bloom, Gary Henderson, Business Development Executive from Goose Foot Street Furniture)