This year the most eye-catching display promises to be the new ‘Garden of Reflection’ that will be unveiled at the show in the Walled Garden.
The garden, which has been funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, was commissioned to provide a lasting memorial to the men and women of Chorley Borough who served during World War One.
Created by award-winning designer John Everiss, it centres around a performance area with life in the trenches heavily influencing the design. Many of the features are designed to reflect the types of places soldiers would have come across – the millboard flooring is similar to the duck boards found in the trenches, the pathway is constructed from Belgian pavers made in the same way as 100 years ago, so familiar to the service personnel from across the borough as they walked along the streets of Ypres, Messines and Passchendaele. And the stage area is constructed with small pieces of flint and brick sourced from the Somme. John will be on hand all weekend to talk to visitors about the design so make sure you pay it a visit
Our popular community show garden section also return this year with schools and community groups creating their own garden. You can find this over the bridge near the amateur and society marquee. And our RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal-winning ‘The Evaders’ Garden’ is just outside the Walled Garden.