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Flower power for Chipping

Stephen Lowe (left) of Radio Lancashire presents Sue and Peter Harrison with the Mayor of Prestons Trophy for Biodiversity which was won by Chipping

Stephen Lowe (left) of Radio Lancashire presents Sue and Peter Harrison with the Mayor of Prestons Trophy for Biodiversity which was won by Chipping

Blooming marvellous!

That was the verdict of judges who cast an expert eye over two local villages.

In fact Chipping proved itself so impressive that the team from North West in Bloom awarded it gold...for the fifth consecutive year.

The village also received the Mayor of Preston’s Trophy for Biodiversity in recognition of its wildflower and wildlife conservation meadow.

Chipping in Bloom chairman Barry Durham said: “Considering that we have only been going five years, to pick up a gold medal each time is quite an achievement.

“And we were really pleased that all the work put into creating the wildflower meadow was rewarded.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who turned out in all sorts of weather to help us complete the project.

The trophy is a tribute to the backing we’ve received from the whole village.”

While Chipping will be going all out to continue its success in North West in Bloom in 2013, the honour of representing the region in Britain in Bloom now falls to Elswick, which won the Plantscape Trophy for Best Village.

Barry said: “We won it for four years on the trot, so we had a good run.

Now we’d like to congratulate Elswick on their success and wish them all the luck for Britain in Bloom next year so they can bring another gold medal back to the North West.”

Chipping and Elswick were not the only prize-winning Lancashire villages.

Inskip also scooped an award, winning silver in the village section of the same competition.

And then it went further, notching up three more achievements in Lancashire’s Best Kept Village awards.

These included winning the Most Improved Small Village trophy, being named runner-up in the Small Village section, and receiving a highly commended for one of its notice boards.

Andy Maxfield, one of the team of people who have contributed to Inskip’s success, said: “We’re delighted, really pleased.

“It’s probably only the second or third time we’ve had silver in North West in Bloom, including last year, since about 1978.

Let’s hope next year we can manage gold.”

But Andy, who is a parish lengthsman, responsible for cutting the grass verges and unruly bushes, said he regarded the Best Kept Village award as the more difficult to win.

He said: “The Lancashire Best Kept Village is harder to win as the judging is done without any notice and over three occasions.

“With the North West in Bloom they notify you when judging is taking place so a least you get prior warning.”

As part of their efforts to provide a focal point, village residents restored a tractor and planted the area around it with poppies.

 

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