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Blooming marvellous!


Beautiful flower beds soon to be on show around town

Rochdale residents should keep an eye out for some beautiful beds springing up around the town.

Horticulture students from Hopwood Hall College have been helping Rochdale Town Centre Management Committee to get ready for the RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

Rochdale Town Centre Management is striving to improve the visitor experience in the Town Centre and so linked up with horticulture tutor Anthony Saxon and his students.

Last week, they were hard at work outside United Carpets and Beds on Union Street, clearing and planting the distinctive flowerbeds outside the shop. Over the next few weeks, local residents will be able to admire flower beds, planters and hanging baskets across the town.

Oliver Patterson from Chadderton (pictured with fellow students outside the shop) is the baby of the class, having just turned 17 on Thursday. Despite his age, he already works two days a week for a local tree surgeon and has been offered an apprenticeship with them.

Mark Foxley from Town Centre Management said “We are delighted with our great partnership with Hopwood Hall College; the horticultural students have done a fantastic job and showed enthusiasm and commitment to the project.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom competition is being judged in July.