Get ready for flower power

Norah Hoyles MBE , chairman of Garstang in Bloom, asks: 'Could you grow your own and  help the town bloom?'

Norah Hoyles MBE , chairman of Garstang in Bloom, asks: 'Could you grow your own and help the town bloom?'

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Are you ready for Garstang in Bloom?

The voluntary initiative, which each year transforms the Wyre market town of Garstang into a colourful and flower filled horticultural heaven, is preparing for battle.

It is looking for new recruits - officially known as Bloomers - to boost its army of volunteers and will set up a special stall in the town centre outside the market hall on April 20 from 9.30am-3pm.

Chairman of Garstang in Bloom Norah Hoyles said: “Organisers have a particular prize in mind. They say the competition will be stiff this year, as Garstang has also gained the accolade and responsibility of competing in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom contest. The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) has also announced a special theme for 2013 - Edible Britain.

Norah Hoyles urged residents to start thinking about how they can contribute to the project and revlealed there are plans for the creation of a new “edible bed” at Kepple Lane, at Walmsley Close and Strandsdale Close. The boating community at the Titehbarn has also come on board with plans to grow food for culinary use.

Three local schools St Thomas’ SS Mary and Michael, Garstang County Primary and the Rural Children’s Centre will also be involved.

“We’re hoping they’ll be bloomers of the future.” said Norah, who has promised the April 20 market stall will appeal to green-fingerred residents: “We’ll be selling plants, gardening books and anything to do with gardening and also have a recruitment drive to a few encourage younger people and anyone else who has some spare time to come and join us!”

She added: “Community participation is the main object.

“If there’s anywhere we can put a hanging basket with strawberries and tomatoes - it’s food for thought.”

The group says it is gtrateful for support from Wyre Council and local businesses, but needs to fund-raise to help meet the £2,000 costs of filling the town’s planters.