Blackburn’s Got Flower Power – Town Centre of the Year

Blackburn has struck gold again after collecting yet another trophy for the town’s stunning horticultural displays.

The town centre partnership team picked up Town Centre of the Year and a Britain in Bloom Gold award at the North West regional awards ceremony last week.

The event took at place at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre when towns and villages across the North West battled it out for the top spots.

The regional awards followed the town’s success in the national competition held in Llandudno when which Blackburn was awarded a gold in the new “BID” category for areas represented by Business Improvement Districts.

The annual Britain in Bloom Awards are organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Seventy-eight finalists from across the UK compete on three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility, and horticultural achievement.

Executive member for Environment, Councillor Jim Smith, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this result. It is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in making our town centre look as fantastic as it does. Having an attractive and vibrant town centre is vital for us to be able to attract visitors, shoppers and residents to visit Blackburn and is as important as the huge amount of regeneration that has taken place over the last few years.”

Blackburn BID Manager, Harriet Roberts said: “Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in this amazing achievement.”

The additional flowers and maintenance in Blackburn Town Centre are funded by the businesses who are members of the Blackburn Business Improvement District.

Pictured are Eddie Maxwell (Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Green Space Manager) and Paul Mason (BID Executive Board Member)

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