Chorley Flower Show to return for third year

Floral displays will return to Chorley in 2017, organisers have confirmed, following the success of the second-ever show with 13,000 attendees.

Crowds at this year's London Flower Show. Image: Supplied
Crowds at this year's London Flower Show. Image: Supplied

Chorley Council is now on with planning the event for 2017, to be set once again in Astley Park. Council leader Alistair Bradley said: "The response from both visitors and those exhibiting and trading at the show was overwhelmingly positive with many saying they are already coming back next year.

"We had a brilliant first show last year and to build on that success and improve it again was really important as we establish the event in the horticultural calendar.

"We already have a number of ideas of how we can make it even better for 2017 so get the dates in your diary – the 2017 show will be on 29 and 30 July."

Visitors and exhibitors came from around the country, while Joe Swift and Carol Klein were celebrity guests. The event was a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards last year and the council expects it to do well again for 2016.

"Many people who live in Chorley and attended told us how proud they were that the borough was holding an event of this kind, which is what we want to achieve," said Cllr Bradley.

"Similarly, visitors who hadn't been to Astley Park or Chorley before were very impressed with what they experienced and many said they'd be returning to see what else the borough has to offer.

"If there are any businesses that would like to get involved then get in touch with the council and we will be happy to discuss it with you and we will open applications in the autumn."

The show featured 21 professional exhibitors from, as far away as Scotland and Scarborough, and the new Victorian Glasshouse was unveiled in the Walled Garden, behind the historic Astley Hall.

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