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2022 Amateur Competitions

Applications for the amateur competitions are now closed.

Amateur Competitions

Applications for the amateur competitions are now closed.

This section of the show continues to go from strength to strength and is a popular attraction with our show visitors. There are prizes in each of the classes and this year we’ve got new classes and our dedicated begonia section is back too.

We also have information on how to enter our Photography Competition, Children’s Design a Garden Competition and our Community and Schools Garden Competition too.


Application forms & amateur schedule for 2022 available now!


Amateur Schedules are available from the following locations:

  • Birkacre Garden Centre
  • Pole Green Nurseries Charnock Richard
  • Avant Garden Centre
  • Chorley and District Gardening Society
  • Malcolm’s Musicland
  • Chorley Library

Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Amateur Competition

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Begonia Amateur Competition


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Floral Art Amateur Competition


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Photography Competition

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You don’t need to be a pro to enter Chorley Flower Show’s photography competition. We are looking for the best snaps in these categories:

1. Wildlife  2. Water  3. Plants: Abstract Views 4. Young Photographer – Interesting Insects and Creepy Crawlies


Entries must be received by Sunday 19 June at midnight.

The winning photographs will be included in the 2023 official Chorley Flower Show programme. The winning photos will be displayed at the 2023 show and will win a weekend wristband for the 2023 show (adult) or a hamper (young photographer). The winner will be voted for by the public at Chorley Flower Show 2022 from shortlisted images on display (5 images shortlisted from each category). Visitors to the show can vote anonymously using a voting sheet.


• Must be a digital image • JPEG format • High quality image
• Must not be modified in any way (we are seeking natural photographs, free from digital manipulation. Subtle sharpening and colour balance will be regarded as normal digital processes)


Entries should be submitted, along with photographer name, contact details and location of where the photo was taken to via WeTransfer. Please send the photographers age if they are entering the young photographer category.

Children’s Design a Garden Competition

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We are looking to inspire the next generation of garden designers by bringing their garden designs to life.

Last year we created 2 excellent show gardens especially for the Chorley Flower Show with winning entries from this very competition! We will take design aspects from your garden designs to create a show garden or to possibly recreate your whole garden designs for the show.


The winning entries will receive free entry for themselves and their family to attend the Chorley Flower Show 2022 and see their creations brought to life.

Deadline for entries is Sunday 15 May at midnight.

There are 2 group categories 5-11 years (Primary) and 12-16 years (Secondary)


Design a show garden set against your own brief which should include:
o Describe your garden
o What is the garden used for?
o What are the main plants and features?

You can theme your garden on any ideas and you can be as creative as you like!
Designs should be on a maximum of A4 size paper.


Our panel of experts will judge the garden designs and consider how realistic the garden is to recreate.


Entries can be submitted to or by posting to:
Children’s Design a Garden Competition, Chorley Flower Show, Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP

When entering, please include your name, your design, your brief, contact details, age category and the school you attend.

Community and School Garden Competition

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If you are part of a community group or perhaps you work at a school that would like to take part, please email us at to get involved.


These popular 2m x 2m gardens were a real hit with visitors to the show and provide a great opportunity to talk to visitors about your community group, charity or school.


Schools/Community groups will receive a 2.2m x 1.6m (approximately) MDF backboard at the beginning of June (these can be requested earlier if needed).

Deadline for entries is Sunday 5 June at midnight.


Your garden can be designed in any theme the school/group wishes – be creative!

Schools/Groups will have a 2m x 2m edged area to plant

Schools/Groups will have access to Astley Park from Monday 25 July to plant their garden. Chorley Council will provide the garden sleepers, soil and backboard. Schools/Groups will provide all plants and garden materials.
The garden area will be fenced off to protect it from visitors in the park.
Your garden will need to be completed by Thursday 28 July
You will need to provide a brief description for the garden.


Judging & Prizes
The competition will be judged against the criteria on Friday 29 July (once show opens).
Prizes given are gold, silver and bronze and best in show.

Schools/Groups can remove and reuse their garden after the show finishes.