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Tom Atherton with sweet peas at Chorley Flower Show

Horticultural enthusiasts looking forward to this year’s award-winning Chorley Flower Show won’t have long to wait until the first gardening event of the year with our sweet pea awareness days taking place in April.

To help people learn more about the popular plants and to offer the chance to sow the seeds of flowers that could be exhibited at the show the National Sweet Pea Society is hosting the event in Astley Park.

Visitors will be able to speak to expert growers, get their hands dirty planting and listen to talks on the beautiful flowering plants.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The flower show is really growing in popularity and it’s great to have the support of organisations like the National Sweet Pea Society, which also hosts a regional show as part of the main event.

“We know that people in Chorley are very fond of sweet peas and the North West regional group is actually based in the borough, which makes Astley Park an ideal place to showcase sweet peas.

“If you enjoy gardening or would just like to learn a bit more about sweet peas make sure you come along.”

The event, which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6, 7 and 8 April, will have something for everyone whether you are a keen sweet pea grower or a novice and there will be fun activities for children too.

Tom Atherton, coordinator of the National Sweet Pea Society North West group, said: “It’s fantastic for Chorley to be hosting the summer show and it really is proving we are the Northern Flowerhouse.

“The sweet pea awareness days are a chance for people to drop in and learn more about them and visitors will be able to join the society if they wish.

“There will be plenty of advice on offer with fun activities and demonstrations so if there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about sweet peas come along and see us over that weekend.”

The sweet pea awareness days will be held in the Walled Garden, in Astley Park. The event will help promote the borough’s Chorley Flower Show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 July – more details are available at chorleyflowershow.com.

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