AFTER months of hard work and preparation, Colne’s Britain in Bloom bid came to a climax last week.
Judges toured the town last Thursday, visiting community projects and judging the town’s floral efforts.
They were met by the Colne in Bloom volunteers, Pendle’s MP Andrew Stephenson and Mayor Nadeem Ahmed, enjoying lunch at the Crown Hotel before embarking on their tour.
They visited Hartley Homes and North Valley Community Centre as well as Knotts Lane, Basil Street and Grosvenor and Mabel Street allotments.
They also stopped by at Alkincoats Park and Nature Reserve where the sun finally broke through the clouds on what had been a dismal afternoon.
The chairman of Colne in Bloom, Dorothy Lord, said: “The whole day went really well and the judges seemed very impressed particularly by the community involvement. Around 50 volunteers came out to greet them when they arrived and they said that it was the warmest welcome that had received anywhere which was wonderful to hear.
“It was hard to tell what they thought - there were a lot of smiles and they were writing a lot down and taking pictures. The town looked absolutely beautiful though so we are confident of coming away with something in the competition.”
Colne is one of just 76 towns, villages, cities and urban communities from across the UK to be visited by a panel of national Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom judges.
This is the first time Colne has been nominated to take part in the prestigious competition, which invites communities to work together to create cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.
Participants are judged against criteria including horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Dorothy said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in getting the town ready for the judges. The amount of support we have had from people has been phenomenal, people have been coming up to us in the street saying how lovely the town looks and handing over donations. I think it has made a huge difference and will hopefully attract visitors to Colne from all over.”
Colne will find out how it has performed in the competition at a ceremony in St Andrews, Scotland, on September 25th.