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£20,000 project for Whalley's Britain in Bloom entry

Lancashire Telegraph: COMMUNITY EFFORT Whalley centre will be in full bloom COMMUNITY EFFORT Whalley centre will be in full bloom

A £20,000 project has been launched to transform Whalley into a floral spectacle.

Teams of volunteers are gearing up to install “wow factor” hanging baskets and planters across the village, and to erect a new three fishes stainless steel sculpture.

The efforts are part of Whalley’s first-ever entry in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom, set to be captured on BBC’s Gardener’s World programme.

Project leader Carole Ann Powers said a series of fundraisers, including raffles and competitions, had already secured £6,000, but a big push was needed for donations in the next few months.

She said: “There are a lot of areas looking a bit tatty, and a lot of adhoc areas that this will transform.

“It’s a massive deal involving a lot of residents and organisations, and it will help pull the community together.

“There will be input from the police, schools, and groups with disabilities. It is also a healthy thing to get involved in and will, hopefully, have long-lasting effects.”

Areas to benefit from the work are Vale House Gard- ens, King Street, the Adult Learning Centre, in Station Road, Calder Vale near the weir, village entrances and exits, Whalley train station, the QE2 playing fields, and back streets.

Multi-award-winning landscape gardener John Everiss has been recruited to design the displays, with planting due to start soon.

The aim is to update displays until the end of judging in July, with seasonal offerings reflecting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the Olympic Games.

Carole Ann said: “Down King Street there will be loads of oranges, pale lemons, acid greens, and creams. It will be really unusual and will definitely have the wow factor.

"There will also be lots of reds, whites and blues, and purples, blues and whites.”

A judge will be given a 90-minute tour of the village in July, and be presented with a portfolio of work done.

A decision on the siting of the £5,000 centrepiece sculpture will be made on February 16 by Whalley Parish Council.

For more information, visit: www.visitwhalley.co. uk/BritaininBloom.aspx

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10:25pm Thu 26 Jan 12

maxbrad says...

Could of used a recent photo . Lazy sods
Could of used a recent photo . Lazy sods maxbrad
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10:35pm Thu 26 Jan 12

mr beer belly says...

its a shame great harwood can,t do something like this, but the council has wasted a shed load of money on a bog garden to the entrance of great harwood at harwood bar , its just a waste of time and looks a big mess with rocks dumped on the grass,
whos in charge of these projects?
its a shame great harwood can,t do something like this, but the council has wasted a shed load of money on a bog garden to the entrance of great harwood at harwood bar , its just a waste of time and looks a big mess with rocks dumped on the grass, whos in charge of these projects? mr beer belly
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10:51am Fri 27 Jan 12

Noiticer says...

Good news. It will complement Blackburn's Litter Festival which is taking shape as the year progresses. Litter is appearing in large and interesting amounts wherever one looks - verges, front gardens (Skew Bridge), landscaped areas (Little Harwood), public footpaths (back of Morrisons) indeed all over the Borough. Perhaps it is part of a celebration for the Olympics or Jubilee. Still, I think Whalley's effort is much more attractive!
Good news. It will complement Blackburn's Litter Festival which is taking shape as the year progresses. Litter is appearing in large and interesting amounts wherever one looks - verges, front gardens (Skew Bridge), landscaped areas (Little Harwood), public footpaths (back of Morrisons) indeed all over the Borough. Perhaps it is part of a celebration for the Olympics or Jubilee. Still, I think Whalley's effort is much more attractive! Noiticer
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8:47pm Fri 27 Jan 12

red rose says...

First ever entry.Lets run before we can walk then eh ! £20,000 in a small place like Whalley is a lot to throw at a one day exercise when the place as more important pressing matters .They may need to spend £19,999 CLEANING UP THE GROWING PROBLEM OF DOG DIRT.
And seeing as it is all down to a labour of love and folk giving I hope that Mr Evriss comes FOC.Cant see the judges being to keen on the back streets.eems to me that the project leader has pie in the sky ideas and wants be a bit more realistic, just like the clowns trying to build to many houses in too small a place. IF THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS £5,000 TO WASTE ON A CENTRE PIECE FOR A ONE DAY WONDER WE NEED HELP.The parish council does a great job with limited budget in supporting as many aspects of village life as possible. Please dont throw any of it away for one days judgement and a whim the die as soon as it has appeared.
First ever entry.Lets run before we can walk then eh ! £20,000 in a small place like Whalley is a lot to throw at a one day exercise when the place as more important pressing matters .They may need to spend £19,999 CLEANING UP THE GROWING PROBLEM OF DOG DIRT. And seeing as it is all down to a labour of love and folk giving I hope that Mr Evriss comes FOC.Cant see the judges being to keen on the back streets.eems to me that the project leader has pie in the sky ideas and wants be a bit more realistic, just like the clowns trying to build to many houses in too small a place. IF THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS £5,000 TO WASTE ON A CENTRE PIECE FOR A ONE DAY WONDER WE NEED HELP.The parish council does a great job with limited budget in supporting as many aspects of village life as possible. Please dont throw any of it away for one days judgement and a whim the die as soon as it has appeared. red rose
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