Rawtenstall takes pride in winning bloom awards
RAWTENSTALL is the winner of two awards at the Royal Horticultural Society’s North West in Bloom competition.
The awards, which have been confirmed as being bronze or above, will be presented to Rossendale Civic Pride volunteers at a ceremony in Southport in October.
The North West Britain in Bloom award is for the look of the whole town, and the It’s Your Neighbourhood Award is for four areas within it.
They are the town’s first such recognitions.
Camden Blomerley, secretary of Civic Pride Rossendale, said: “The volunteers from Civic Pride deserve ever bit of praise they can get. “They have worked so hard but it just goes to show that a small group of people can make a difference.
“The awards are graded from bronze, through silver and then silver-gilt to gold.
“We are delighted to know that we must have achieved at least a bronze, although it would be very thrilling to get a higher award.”
Some of the Civic Pride group’s work includes the ‘metal tree bed’ along the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail, adjacent to the Rawtenstall Tesco.
It was previously a neglected corner of the town, but is now filled with a variety of plants producing edible fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Mrs Blomerley said: “The idea of the bed is to show people that vegetables and flowers can be grown together in the same bed and be attractive as well as practical. People can go into Tesco and buy some fish and then come and pick some chives or fennel from the bed outside.”
The It’s Your Neighbourhood ceremony will be held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, on October 23, and the North West Britain in Bloom awards will be held on October 24.
Both begin at 10.30am. To book a ticket, go to the website which is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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