THERE were celebrations all round at this year’s North West In Bloom Awards — with Colne scooping gold for the fourth year in a row and Trawden claiming a silver gilt.
Green-fingered volunteers from Colne In Bloom were delighted to once again achieve gold at the North West In Bloom Awards, and bag themselves the overall Lord Mayor of Chester’s Millennium Trophy for The Best Large Town in the North-West.
Beating all towns in its category throughout the whole of Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside, “Bonny Colne on the Hill” has also been nominated to go forward to the UK Britain In Bloom Finals, where they will be competing against towns from the whole of the UK for the second time.
And in Trawden, extra effort and determination has paid off, with the village achieving a silver gilt for the first time. For the past two years, it has been given a silver rating in the Large Village Class category.
This year’s North West in Bloom judges were full of praise for the hard work put in by volunteers. In Colne, they were particularly impressed with Colne In Bloom’s planting schemes, the cleanliness of the town and the railway station, which has also won a separate award this year from Lancashire Rail Partnership.
Members have worked tirelessly in all weathers to ensure the town is looking its best. All planters and barrier baskets are planted by volunteers, along with the floral displays along Burnley Road, Primet Hill and the railway station.
Coun. Dorothy Lord, chairman of Colne In Bloom, who attended the Southport ceremony with 13 other proud members, said: “We are thrilled to win gold again, and to be going through to Britain In Bloom.
“We couldn’t have done it without the hard work of all our dedicated volunteers and supporters, who have been out in all kinds of weather throughout the year.
“They have planted and cared for the flowers, and encouraged the involvement of local community groups, schools, shops and businesses. And we want to thank the people of Colne for supporting us so positively.
“During our seven or more years in operation, Colne in Bloom has achieved so much, not just in winning awards, but in changing attitudes and making Colne a nicer place to be. We are proud of our town, and it shows.”
And Trawden parish councillor Beverley Robinson said: “The success must be a result of the extra effort that’s been put in over the past year.
“We did quite a lot of things — we invited the Mayor, we began a meadow for the Jubilee, we put up about 10 boxes along the wall coming into Trawden, and we put up quite a lot of barrels.
“We are trying to incorporate the whole of the village.
“We were really excited. We had no idea we would get a silver gilt. It’s a bit like going to the Oscars.”
Colne in Bloom would like to thank local XLCR Vehicle Management, Boundary Mill, Pendle Council, Colne Town Council, Pendle Leisure Trust, Campaign for Real Ale, Parks and Cemeteries, and finally the Environmental Action Group, an unemployment scheme for young people in Pendle, for their support and sponsorship.
• The next Colne In Bloom meeting will be held at 10-30am on Wednesday at Colne Town Hall.