Colne aims for Britain in Bloom glory in 2011 - plans revealed

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THE Colne in Bloom team has revealed its plans for this year’s display in the town, which they say will have to be extra-special to ensure success in not only the North West in Bloom Competition but also Britain in Bloom.

They have been given a helping hand from Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee who allocated £12,500 to the scheme from the capital programme at last week’s meeting.

Following three successful years in the North West in Bloom competition, Colne has been selected to take part in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.

Project leader Michael Osborn said: “We have this year a huge task to make sure that our town looks at its very best for both the North West in Bloom judging and the Britain in Bloom judging in August. “Whatever the results we want everyone in Colne to be proud of our achievement.”

The Colne in Bloom team is hoping to publicise its effort by appearing on BBC programme Gardeners’ Question Time in the coming months.

Members are currently in talks with bosses to try to set up filming at the Muni.

Mr Osborn outlined Colne in Bloom’s plans for the town’s display at the meeting of the committee.

He said that the main street will be blooming with non-stop begonias, lysimachia and grasses. This will be the theme from the Crown Hotel through to the Sure Start building and will include the new pole planters.

There will be two very novel themes around the war memorial, noting Colne’s link to the Titanic and the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

There will be a silhouette cut out of the Titanic surrounded by flowers to represent the sea and the icebergs.

At the other side of the memorial the guitar bed will have an organ key board planted out to form the keys and a drum kit made out of special flower pots.

The newly-flagged precinct will be planted out in a rainbow theme and outside the bus station there will be an emergency services theme.

Residents can keep track of Colne in Bloom’s progress and get involved with preparing the town for the judges by going to or Colne in Bloom’s Facebook page.