NORTH WEST IN BLOOM: Pendle’s blooming success story

The Blacko in Bloom team won a gold medal. (S)

The Blacko in Bloom team won a gold medal. (S)

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Pendle had great success at this year’s North West in Bloom Awards Ceremony scooping a whole series of glorious honours.

Towns and villages in the borough gained a host of gold and silver awards as Pendle emerged as the most successful area.

The Barnoldswick in Bloom team received two accolades at the North West in Bloom Awards 2015. (S)

The Barnoldswick in Bloom team received two accolades at the North West in Bloom Awards 2015. (S)

Friday’s awards ceremony took place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre and the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Nawaz Ahmed, went along to witness the borough’s success. Colne got the Gold Award in the Best Large Town Class, and Nelson got a silver. Barnoldswick gained the Gold in the Best Town section, repeating last month’s honour in the national awards.

Blacko was given a Gold Award in the Village Class and Trawden Forest got the same in the Large Village Class. Barrowford picked up a Silver Gilt Award in the Small Town Class.

Colne in Bloom’s team has dedicated their award this year to the memory of both Maureen Arnold and Derek Mann.

There were other special awards on the day.

I would like to thank everyone involved for all the hard work they do, making Pendle a better place.

Mayor of Pendle

The Best New Landscape Glasdon Glass Trophy went to the Memorial Park in Barnoldswick and the Most Improved Entry for the Lynne Jones Trophy went to Trawden in Bloom.

North West in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition covering Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Since 1964, communities from across the North West have demonstrated their ability to create and maintain attractive environments which benefit residents and visitors alike.

A North West in Bloom spokesman said: “From the mill towns of Lancashire to the picturesque villages of both Cheshire and the Lancashire coast, every city town urban community and village is eligible to enter.

Nelson in Bloom scooped silver. (S)

Nelson in Bloom scooped silver. (S)

“We also look for entries from tourist attractions, hotels, pubs and shopping centres. The aim of the competition is to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment.”

Regional organiser and judge Trevor Leese said: “The Pendle area has done exceptionally well this year. We are very pleased to see East Lancashire having great success – especially Pendle.”

And Mayor of Pendle Coun. Ahmed said: “I’m very proud of all the awards here in Pendle. I would like to thank everyone involved for all the hard work they do, making Pendle a better place. I had a great time there at Southport!”

Trawden in Bloom were also double winners at the North West in Bloom Awards 2015. (S)

Trawden in Bloom were also double winners at the North West in Bloom Awards 2015. (S)