Pendle claimed 11 prizes and a national nomination in the annual North West in Bloom awards for 2016.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Southport and those accolades heading back to Pendle ranged from prizes for budding bloomers through to stalwarts and rewarded both commercial enterprises and community spirit.
It was another golden year for Barnoldswick as it won gold in the Best Town category and picked up the Preston Silver Dish for the overall Best Town.
David Whipp was awarded an outstanding contribution prize and the town was once again nominated for national Britain in Bloom awards in 2017.
David said: “Winning our seventh RHS Gold Medal is another boost for Barnoldswick and it’s great that our town has again been crowned the best in the North West.
“The awards are a tribute to the volunteer team that puts so much effort into having a good looking town and all the individuals, businesses and organisations that take a pride in Barnoldswick throughout the year. I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in our success.
“I was stunned to receive the award for outstanding contribution – it was completely out of the blue.
“I regard it as another tribute for the teams of volunteers who I’m lucky to work alongside in improving our area. It was also a delight to see volunteers from Blacko, Colne, Laneshaw Bridge and Trawden also receiving awards at Southport.
“Taking part in the national finals next year will again be good for Barlick and we’ll need to grow our team to take on this challenge.
“Anyone wanting to get involved can join us this coming Saturday and Monday when we’re holding Community Action Days from 10am, or at our monthly meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.”
Colne was not to be outshone in another stellar year for the town as it won a gold medal in the Best Large Town category and collected the North West in Bloom trophy for the Best Commercial Effort.
Chairman of Colne in Bloom, Dorothy Lord, said: “We had a great day and a reward for another year of sheer hard work from volunteers who turn out every Tuesday morning 52 weeks of the year. Most of our volunteers are in their 60s or older and it has been an incredible effort.
“I would like to thank our sponsors XLCR, Barnfield, Boundary Mill and LBS.
“We have 150 businesses purchase hanging baskets from us and they are all watered every day.
“We’ve grown from an acorn into an oak tree. We’ve come a long way from having half a dozen hanging baskets when we started 11 years ago and people saying ‘you’re wasting your time’ to now where we have nearly 200 throughout the town. It has been amazing.”
In the Best Village category, there was a gold medal for Trawden and a silver for Laneshaw Bridge.
There was also a second trophy for Trawden as the efforts of village’s youngsters were acknowledged with the presentation of the Trevor Leese Award for Young People and the Alma Inn in Laneshaw Bridge received a gold medal in the Best Small Accommodation category.
Trawden bloomer Bev Robinson said: “The Trawden in Bloom volunteers have been committed to improving the appearance of Trawden throughout the year and were thrilled to have their efforts recognised by a gold award from RHS judges as well as the warm comments that they have received from local people.
“We were also surprised and delighted to learn that Trawden’s young bloomers had received a special, new discretionary award, The Trevor Leese Memorial, for their commitment to planting and weeding in Trawden.”
Tom Wilkinson, business development manager at the Seafood Pub Company, owner of the Alma Inn, said: “We’re thrilled to receive the gold medal for Best Small Accommodation. The site looks incredible, we can’t thank Colne in Bloom enough for their time, effort and creativity.”
Blacko had another sparkling year too as the village’s bloom team won gold in the Best Village section and added The Clean Sweep Award to the trophy cabinet.
Vice chairman of Blacko Parish Council, Peter Hesketh, said: “One of the best things is that we won the Clean Sweep award for the best swept village.
“Volunteers and people all over the village work very hard to keep the pavements clean, together with Pendle Council who do a great job, and between us it is a excellent result. We’re the best kept village and now the best swept!”