Every year Wyre Council and teams of volunteers from across Wyre come together to make the borough beautiful, ready for RHS Britain in Bloom judging.
Next week, judges will visit towns, villages and neighbourhoods across the borough including two very special entries this year. Catterall and Garstang were both awarded Gold in 2019 with Catterall also winning Best Large Village in the region. Both are now nominated to represent the North West in the national Britain in Bloom contest 2019.
Netta Parker, Catterall in Bloom representative comments, “When you visit the village you will find that planters full of bright flowers greet you at every corner and bus shelters have been decorated with painted sunflowers, poppies and daisies by local schoolchildren.
“People take pride in their front gardens too! Gerry Dagger, aged 90 and our oldest bloom team member, was awarded the prize by the RHS for Best Private Front Garden in the North West 2018, and sets the standard high with clever and innovative ideas every year. He inspires us all.”
Alan Pearson from Garstang in Bloom also explains, “Garstang in Bloom has been making Garstang look beautiful for 30 years. Our first entry involved a few hanging baskets placed in prominent positions around the town on the morning of the judging, but we have moved on and ‘the bloom’ is now a year-round process.
“It’s not just about the flowers. The environment is very important to us and we are proud to use harvested rainwater from the roof of our local supermarket. Community is also key and over the years we have encouraged neighbourhood groups to garden for their enjoyment, health and a sense of coming together. In one of our latest projects Garstang Dementia Café has sown seeds, potted them on and now planted out the flowers in front of our local library. So, it’s not just about winning medals from the RHS – but we are always hopeful!”
Judges from North West in Bloom will visit Wyre next week and winners will be announced in later in the year.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council comments, “Every year our parks and street cleansing teams along with other officers work to support volunteers and businesses by making sure Wyre is looking its best. The fact that we have two towns in the national finals, as well as many other areas taking part, is thanks to the amazing effort and dedication of the volunteers who work so hard to make Wyre look blooming beautiful.”