Fylde Council is allocating £26,500 to community groups across Fylde to invest in planting, parks and green spaces.

The vital resources are being allocated to local Britain in Bloom groups – the long-term custodians of incredible efforts which see the borough’s towns and villages blossom each year.

The money comes from the Government’s ‘Welcome Back Fund which aims to help local authorities create and promote a safe and welcoming environment for local trade and tourism.

Councillor Tommy Threlfall, Chair of Environment, Health and Housing Committee, is proud to see some of the Welcome Back Fund being distributed in this way.

He said: “The purpose of the Welcome Back Fund is to allow local authorities in England to put in additional measures to create and promote a safe and welcoming environment for local trade and tourism.

“The idea is to boost the look and feel of public areas, which can be done – in part – by investing in planting and improving communal green spaces.

“The many in bloom groups across the borough have already been working hard on this for decades, so who better to be custodians of some of this funding?

“I’m thrilled that £26.5K has been made available to help the region blossom, making our towns and villages bright, beautiful and welcoming for locals and visitors alike. There are already some exciting plans in place which we will share in due course.”

Britain in Bloom is a year-round competition that allows groups to compete on a regional or national level by using gardening to transform their communities. The UK finals are organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which says participation increases visitor numbers, strengthens the local economy, as well as creating a stronger sense of pride of place

To find out more about the Fund and how it can be invested by local authorities, visit gov.uk and search ‘Welcome Back Fund’.


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