Barnoldswick prepares for its first Britain in Bloom contest

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It’s all hands to the deck in Barnoldswick on Saturday as residents are asked to help make the town look squeaky clean.

Judges from the North West section of the Britain in Bloom contest will be arriving next Wednesday and a newly formed Barlick in Bloom group want to show off the town in its best light as it enters the contest for the first time.

Volunteer individuals, groups and families are asked to meet at the Rainhall Centre from 9 a.m. if they can spare any time to help.

Hugh Lawrence, chairman of the group said: “The judges don’t just look at special feature areas. They take in what they see around town overall as well.

“So we’d love it if people like to do whatever they can to add a bit of sparkle to their own localities. And we hope lots of people will join in the group clean-up walk round some of the town’s streets.

“We’re also doing some community planting.

“Barlickers are generally proud of their gem of a town. We’re hoping to add special extra polish which can last into the future as well.”

Organisers said they would also like it if in a separate move residents would like to do everything they can to get their own immediate surroundings such as yards and ginnels looking their best in time for a visit to the town by competition judges.

Britain in Bloom was started in 1963 and has become the largest horticultural campaign in the UK. The Horticultural Society has been running it since 2002 and it is estimated around 115,000 volunteers get involved each year in more than 1,100 cities, towns and villages.

For further information call 07981 740190 or 816121.

• Barnoldswick will continue to bloom when the Rainhall Centre hosts its first annual Horticultural Show on Saturday, July 30th. The event is sponsored by Barnoldswick Town council and will have 36 different classes including flowers, vegetables, fruit, pot plants, floral art, baking, jam, craft, photography and children’s classes. All exhibits must be staged by 11 a.m. for judging by Harry Carr.

The Exchange and Market, local food and crafts market, starting at 10 a.m. will run alongside the horticultural show. Refreshments will be available in the cafe with proceeds going to Robin’s Dreams.