Rawtenstall in BLOOM : The Aftermath


RHS judging went really well for us in July and August. The first round of judging for North West Britain in Bloom entry was sadly an extremely rainy day, but the National Britain in Bloom judging and the North West “It’s Your Neighbourhood” judging we had dry and sunny days!

A huge thank you to everyone involved – The volunteers, the local council, local community groups, church groups, schools and nurseries, our photographers + all others that helped to make Rawtenstall look amazing.

We have a long wait for the results but it really feels like Rawtenstall and Civic Pride Rossendale are winners already with all the lovely compliments we have received.

We do have some important dates coming up;

Saturday 9th September: Representatives of CPR will attend the ‘Make A Difference’ Awards Ceremony, organized by Radio Lancashire.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 17th – 19th October: NW Britain in Bloom Award Ceremonies

Monday 23rd October: National Britain in Bloom Award Ceremony in London

Rawtenstall in BLOOM : Dates for judging have been announced!


britain in bloom logoThe NORTH WEST Britain in Bloom competition will be judged on the morning of Saturday 22nd of July 2023

The NATIONAL Britain in Bloom Competition will be judged on the morning of Thursday 3rd of August 2023

The Britain in Bloom judging not only considers the gardens that are displayed on the day, they also judge us on our community engagement and how we are tackling environmental issues.

We already work alongside a number of different communities – local businesses, our local council, churches, schools, scout and youth groups. We even talk to the shoppers at our local supermarkets about how they can be part of the work we do… from planting a few sunflowers, painting pots, decorating the shop windows, painting railings, and entering our photographic & colouring competitions!

Environmental issues have always been very important to us, and we are aware of them in our work. We plant a lot of perennial plants, choose plants that are better for wildlife and use peat free soil to name but a few… We are also increasing the diversity of plants in our area whilst creating alternative water sources. We have a beehive, and have installed lots of bird boxes, bat boxes and bug hotels locally too!

We won GOLD in 2022. Now we're planning ahead for a successful 2023...

“We are so proud that ‘Rawtenstall in Bloom’ has been chosen to represent the region in the North West Large Town category of the National RHS Britain in Bloom 2023 Competition.

It is wonderful that all the hard-work by so many volunteers around the town is being recognised, and that we will have the opportunity to showcase our many different gardens, extensive heritage, amazing community spirit and vibrant high street to a wider audience.

Whatever the outcome, the winner is the town of Rawtenstall and all that live, work and visit here.”

– Sue Shuttleworth Chair of Civic Pride Rossendale


Everyone is so excited with the news, but we will need lots of help from volunteers and financial support via donations and fundraising in order for us to make a great impression.

No experience is needed if you want to help out, lots of support is given and there are lots of different types of jobs to do… No minimum commitment or rotas, just turn up as and when you can! To find out more please email us at info@civic-pride.uk

Who are Civic Pride Rossendale?

We’re a band of volunteers determined to make the town in which we live, a better place to live and work.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with a rich industrial heritage, the towns that comprise Rossendale have vast potential to cater for tourists. Mountain bikers and walkers alike are drawn to the surrounding hills which abound with paths, tracks and trails awaiting exploration.

For those preferring a bit of retail therapy, Rossendale offers a multitude of independent shops, whilst cafes and restaurants offer respite for the less enthusiastic shopper!


Restoring derelict public gardens, planning, creating new ones and maintaining them for the benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors alike are the primary goals of our enthusiastic gardening team. There’s always a lot to do and the more help we get, the better the end result!  Whether you’re an absolute novice, a green fingered enthusiast or a seasoned professional we need you!

Explore our community gardens


Driven by volunteers

Over the last few years, Civic Pride Rossendale has and continues to play a major part in maintaining a litter free and increasingly green town but there’s still much to do.

None of this would be possible without the help both in time and money given so freely by our volunteers.  However, as with any organisation we always need more, so please come forward and help us in our quest for a cleaner greener place to live, work or run a business.

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Would you like to become part of a team that will be remembered for taking Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth or Waterfoot to the next stage?

As we say in Civic Pride – Just Do It! Send us a message today!

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