Green fingers crossed as Fylde awaits blooming contest judges

Manager Debbie Johnson with new planters at St Annes Pier Cafe

Manager Debbie Johnson with new planters at St Annes Pier Cafe

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Green fingers will be crossed in Fylde next week when North West In Bloom judges visit the borough to rate the area’s open spaces and gardening projects.

A small army of volunteers and council gardeners won 16 awards in last year’s North West In Bloom Awards – and the council’s new tourism and leisure chairman hopes the area’s success will be repeated this year.

Last year’s successes included top awards in their categories for St Annes, Lytham, Kirkham, Freckleton and Elswick along with local landmarks such as the Clifton Arms hotel, Lytham, Braxfield Court residential accommodation in St Annes and the Lamaleach Caravan Park in Freckleton and the NW In Bloom judges will be in the area next week as follows:

Tuesday, July 21: Ansdell (large village section) - 9.25 to 10.55am; St Annes (large coastal resort) – 11.05am to 12.05pm,

Wednesday, July 22: Kirkham (town section) 10.45am to 1.15pm; Wrea Green (large village) 2.30 to 4pm; Staining (large village) 4.30 to 6pm.

Thursday, July 23: Freckleton (small village) – 10am to 1.30pm; Lamaleach Caravan Park, Freckleton (caravan park section) – 1.30pm to 3pm; Elswick (village section) 3.30pm to 5pm.

Friday, July 24: Lytham (small coastal resort) 8.45am to 5pm.

Judges from Britain In Bloom will return to Lytham for the nationwide contest on August 4.

Coun Cheryl Little, chairman of Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee, said: “Yet again the area’s small army of volunteers have done a superb job in making the borough look good.

“We wish them well when judges visit next week. The whole of Fylde owes a huge debt to our many volunteers who make their towns and villages delightful for residents and also for visitors.

“For some years now I have thought of Fylde as “Britain’s In Bloom Borough” and its reputation for civic-mindedness has now spread nationwide.

“The council parks team does an enormous amount of work but that is augmented hugely by our fantastic volunteers.

“Our fingers are crossed for them when the judges visit.”