After more than 10 years of success in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom competitions, including the ultimate accolade of being crowned Champion of Champions in 2013, Lytham in Bloom have decided to take a year out in 2019.

“You could call it our gap year,” said Chairman Susan Evans. "We will still continue our work in the town, but we have decided not to enter into the Britain in Bloom competition. We have enjoyed entering and competing in the past, but after more than 10 exhilarating years at the top, we needed a break.”

Susan adds: “Trying to improve our entry year on year has been a challenge. Last year we took on even more projects and that, combined with the unusually dry summer, put a great additional strain on our small team of volunteers. There are of course huge rewards to be gained from volunteering, but we also have to enjoy what we are doing."

LIB will continue to focus on its core activities in 2019, and the aim of the organisation remains as it always has been: to help make Lytham a better place in which to live.

The group will be taking on at least one new project, but other areas will no longer feature in our sphere of activities.

The break will also allow us bring more volunteers on board. More volunteers are required not only to plant and weed, but to help with administration and behind the scenes activities. We would especially welcome a few younger people who would help strengthen our existing band of older volunteers.

Calling all volunteers! Help us grow future success!

Susan says: "We wish to represent all the residents of Lytham and would value their input.

We are as ever indebted to our supporters and sponsors and will be working even more closely with them as we reorganise and refocus on our activities for the future.

"It has been a common misconception that Lytham compete against Ansdell, St Annes, Freckleton, Warton and Wrea Green for medals at Britain in Bloom. Nothing could be further from the truth. We each compete in different categories and are pitched against others from outside Fylde. We can all win gold in our individual categories and wish all entrants in our local area the very best of luck in 2019. I am sure they will do well."


Volunteers and Sponsorship: Susan Evans 738257

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