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Chorley ready to blossom as flower power comes to town

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People who enjoy getting out in the garden are looking forward to being wowed by the country’s top exhibitors as the award-winning Chorley Flower Show opens later this month.

Set up for the show will start in the beautiful grounds of Astley Park next week and promises to bring you all the sights, smells and sounds from the most magnificent garden.

The annual show, which is now in its fourth year, continues to go from strength to strength and is now a firm favourite on the horticultural map.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’ve been amazed by the great feedback we’ve had about Chorley Flower Show and we’re looking forward to providing a great day out for all generations of the family at the end of July.

“We’ve got some amazing exhibitors and entertainment lined up again this year with top names such as Adam Frost and Carol Klein coming to host talks and demonstrations and we’re really looking forward to the unveiling of a new permanent show garden – the ‘Garden of Reflection’ – which is being created to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

“Just a reminder that if you are looking to enter the amateur section you’ve got until Wednesday 25 July to get your entries in and you’ve got until that date to take advantage of the cheaper advance rate ticket saving you 20% on the gate price.”

The two-day event, held on 28 and 29 July in Astley Park, will include:

· A professional exhibitors’ marquee featuring gold-medal winning entrants from some of the country’s biggest shows

· A gardening theatre featuring talks and demonstrations from special guests Adam Frost and Carol Klein

· Horticultural trade stands offering the best quality in garden products

· An amateur marquee incorporating flower and pot plant classes and floral art – you can get your entries in at chorleyflowershow.com – with regional competitions hosted by the National Sweet Pea Society and Rose Society UK

· The chance to take a tour of the historic Astley Hall, which will be decked out with floral decorations

· Family entertainment, including art and craft activities and children’s rides

· A chance to relax and enjoy a wide range of food and drink and afternoon tea in the showground

“We’ve tried to position the event so it focuses solely on flowers and horticulture and I think that has found us a gap in the market where we offer a ‘mini RHS’ type show but with a real friendly atmosphere at an affordable price,” said Councillor Bradley.

“If you’ve not been before I’d definitely recommend coming to give the show a visit and explore the beautiful grounds of Astley Hall and Park.

“Just as a reminder to people who use the park regularly that there will be some restricted access from this Tuesday (17 July) for set up and then the showground area will be completely closed to the public from Wednesday 25 July.”

Tickets are no on sale from £8 adults and £1.50 children at chorleyflowershow.com, the council’s offices on Union Street, Malcolm’s Musicland, on Chapel Street, Café Ambio, in Astley Park and Botany Bay.

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