Organisers of the award-winning Chorley Flower Show have taken the decision to cancel this year’s event.
Given the fact that mass gatherings are not going to be possible for the foreseeable future and to ensure the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors and staff Chorley Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.
Those looking for some tips on keeping their gardens in perfect condition this summer or wanting to hear from the nation’s top exhibitors will instead be able to take part in the show’s first ever virtual event.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We know so many people across the North West will have been looking forward to this year’s show but to keep everyone safe given the need to maintain social distancing measures then we felt there was no other option.
“We’ve seen all the country’s top shows this summer go the same way – we’ve left it as long as possible before taking the decision but the Prime Minister’s announcement that we will only start to see a slow opening of businesses through July and August meant that events of this nature would need to be cancelled.
“We’ve suffered from a few wet shows in recent years so I’m sure it will be cracking the flags the first weekend in August, when the show was due to be held, so at least people will be able to get the barbecues out.”
The award-winning Chorley Flower Show would have been in its sixth year with major plans to expand the show bringing more of the country’s top exhibitors and horticultural experts to the show.
Having been labelled the ‘Chelsea of the North’ and the ‘Northern Flowerhouse’ organisers have vowed to mark the occasion with a virtual show, which will see a line up of experts and growers who will provide plenty of tips and entertainment online over the weekend 1-2 August.
“We know lots of you will really miss coming to Astley Park and we will too – we’ve put our heart and soul into improving the award-winning show each year and this would have been the best yet,” said Councillor Bradley.
“There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved over the coming weeks so keep an eye out for more information or visit chorleyflowershow.com where we will have details of the virtual event.
“Anyone who bought a ticket will get a refund or the option to transfer tickets to next year’s event and I’d like to thank all the people who were due to attend to exhibit at the show for their understanding.”
The 2021 show will take place on 31 July – 1 August.