Funding awarded to Colne in Bloom project

BLOOMING SUCCESS: Proud volunteers from Colne In Bloom celebrate their achievements at this year's North West In Bloom Awards (s)

BLOOMING SUCCESS: Proud volunteers from Colne In Bloom celebrate their achievements at this year's North West In Bloom Awards (s)

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COLNE will continue to bloom thanks to funding provided by Pendle Council’s Colne and District Area Committee.

At their latest meeting, councillors agreed to give the town’s Colne in Bloom project £15,000 from their 2013/14 capital programme.

Colne in Bloom, an environmental action group made up of volunteers, will be celebrating its 10th birthday in January.

Over the past decade, the team, who encourage sustainable planting, have bagged themselves four gold medals in the North West in Bloom Awards and have worked hard to make the town “a better, cleaner, brighter place to live, work and visit”. They will be representing the North-West for the second time at the next Britain in Bloom Awards.

In a report submitted to Pendle Council, chairman of Colne in Bloom Michael Osborn listed the main outcomes to be achieved from the budget allocation. These include:

l Providing flowers and plants for existing barrier baskets and planters

l Continuing to maintain “adopted” areas, including Primet Hill and the railway station

l Continuing the Green Fingers competition

l Organising various litter picks throughout Colne

l Planting daffodils and crocus to the newly improved areas outside the library

l Transforming the bed in front of Bank House and next to the bus stop into a herb garden

And talking at the Pendle Council Colne and District Area Committee meeting, Mr Osborn added: “We have seen a lot of changes over the years.

“It is not just the flowers and the street furniture — it is all the work we do with the community groups and projects. It has brought the community together in so many ways.”

At the council meeting praise soared in for the work that Colne in Bloom has done over the years.

Coun. Joe Cooney said: “It is interesting that Colne in Bloom is 10 next January.

“You can tie that in with the Renaissance of Colne as a town — I think part of it is down to Colne in Bloom,”

And Coun. Tony Greaves added: “Colne in Bloom is an absolutely fundamental part of promoting this town, and making it look so nice throughout the year.”