A blooming global bid

Lytham in Bloom has been put forward for Communities in Bloom, a prestigious international competition- Garstang is the only other UK town invited,'Pictured in the square are L-R: Fylde Borough Council Parks Development Officer Adam Nagy, Committee members Denise Holden and Susan Evans, Chairman Jim Leak and Treasurer Peter McDonald. PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-4-2011
Lytham in Bloom has been put forward for Communities in Bloom, a prestigious international competition- Garstang is the only other UK town invited,'Pictured in the square are L-R: Fylde Borough Council Parks Development Officer Adam Nagy, Committee members Denise Holden and Susan Evans, Chairman Jim Leak and Treasurer Peter McDonald. PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-4-2011

LYTHAM’S green-fingered residents are aiming to prove themselves blooming world beaters!

Having scooped a gold medal at Britain in Bloom last summer, they now they want to grow their reputation considerably with an even bigger prize - on a world scale.

The town has won a rare invitation to take part in the prestigious Communities in Bloom competition, which is based in Canada and includes entrants from the USA, Japan and all over Europe.

The judges will spend two days looking around Lytham, with the winning towns revealed in Quebec in October.

Jim Leak, Lytham in Bloom Trust chairman, said: “We’ve got to do everything necessary to keep the standard up, and with the help of Lancashire County Council and Fylde Council we’re quite confident we can.”

“It will involve a lot of tidying, cleaning and a lot of slogging going round to businesses and making people aware of what we’re doing. The town needs to be colour co-ordinated and the flowered windmill will again take centre-stage in the town centre with the cenotaph gardens spruced-up to ensure it looks its picture-perfect best ahead of the summer judging.

Trust treasurer Peter McDonald added: “It is a chance for us to put Lytham in the world spotlight in advance of the Open Golf. If we replicate how Lytham looked last year we’ll be confident of doing well.”

Adam Nagy, Fylde Council’s parks development officer spokesman. said: “Lytham in Bloom have done fantastic work and we’ll support them however we can to bring Lytham to the attention of Britain and the world.

The gold medal last year followed silver and silver gilt awards in Lytham’s previous two entries in the Britain in Bloom competition, all in the Small Coastal towns section.