Britain in Bloom gold for Barnoldswick

David Whipp and Lesley Gilbert receiving Barnoldswick's Gold Award from the RHS vice president. (S)
David Whipp and Lesley Gilbert receiving Barnoldswick's Gold Award from the RHS vice president. (S)
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Barnoldswick scooped a Gold Medal in the town’s first ever entry in the national Britain In Bloom Awards.

Four representatives from Barnoldswick in Bloom travelled to Sunderland on Friday to receive the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society award.

The four Barnoldswick bloomers attending the event, Lesley Gilbert, Lindsay Gaskell, Lois Green and David Whipp said they were “delighted and honoured to accept the award on behalf of the town and the hundreds of people who played a part in making it such a special place.”

Giving feedback on the town’s entry, RHS judges Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney said Barnoldswick was “virtually litter free... the cleanest place we visited. Planting was well designed and executed and in particular the wide range of sustainable planting was excellent.

“Treescape throughout the town was impressive... Barnoldswick Beach was a real surprise... complete with Sea Wall planting using recycled materials... providing a great backdrop.

“School pop-up planters... were themed and imaginative; a good horticultural challenge for the children... The Memorial Gardens were impressive.

“Widespread interaction with other community activities was of huge benefit to the town.

“It was clear that the whole group was enthused by the Bloom process, and the pride they felt in the town was palpable. DVD and storyboards emphasised this Civic Pride to its full extent.

Judges also said the video presentation had been a “super start” and the support the group had from LBS Horticulture and Premier Polytunnels “was a sign of how important the project is viewed by the commercial sector.”

The Barnoldswick in Bloom team is holding a Community Action Day and café at the Rainhall Centre this Saturday, where the award will be on display.

On October 30th, representatives travel to the regional awards at Southport to see how Barnoldswick has fared in the North West Britain in Bloom Awards.