Green gardeners’ efforts recognised in Colne

CELEBRATIONS: Winners of Colne In Bloom's Green Fingers competition (s)
CELEBRATIONS: Winners of Colne In Bloom's Green Fingers competition (s)

GARDENING enthusiasts in Colne have been recognised for their positive contribution to the local environment.

Colne In Bloom’s annual Green Fingers competition was held at Primet Hill Community Centre, and celebrated all the hard work of local schools, businesses, and members of the community over the past year.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s gardening expert, Bill Blackledge, acted as special guest, and was so well received that organisers are now hoping he will make a return next year.

Colne in Bloom’s secretary Louise Cooper said: “The event went really well — it was a lovely evening.

“Everyone turned up to receive their award.

“Bill Blackledge’s visit made a nice finish to the evening. After handing the awards out to everyone, he did a little bit of Gardener’s Question Time.

“We will definitely be inviting him to come along again.”

The winners were as follows:

Business: G Allen Braithwaite; G The Book Shop; G Poppy Red; G The Dressing Room; S Quality Solicitors Farnworth Shaw; S Rennie Goth.

Commercial Landscaping: G Lloyd BMW/Mini

Community Garden: G Birtwistle Trust; G Hartley Homes; G North Valley Community Centre; G Knotts Lane Community Garden; G Primet Hill Community Centre; SG Gamra Community Garden; SG Princess House; S Basil Street Community Garden; S Wallace Hartley Memorial Garden; S Christ Church.

Container/Hanging Basket: G Mary Greenwood; G Margaret Titterton.

Garden: G Mr and Mrs Hoyle; G Rodney Holdsworth; G Mary Greenwood; G Margaret Titterton.

Ornamental Garden: S Vera Clarke.

Pub/Restaurant: G The Crown Hotel; G The Duke of Lancaster; SG The Wallace Hartley; S Carlo’s Restaurant; S The Golden Ball Inn; S Ivy Palace; B The Commercial Hotel.

School: G Sacred Heart RC Primary School; SG Lord Street Primary School.

Vegetable Patch: G Janette Mullany.

Yard: G Janette Mullany; G Mary Greenwood; SG Mrs A Pickles; SG David and Kathryn Mulloy.