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Blossoming Partnership as Headline Sponsor for Major Flower Festival is Announced

15th January 2016

Categories: Town Centre News


The HEADLINE sponsor has been announced for the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival which will see Lancashire’s Cathedral spring into bloom this summer.

Award-winning garden centre and one of the county’s premier retail destinations, Barton Grange, will be the lead sponsor for the festival to be held 23rd – 26th June 2016.

Thousands of flowers are set to fill the stunning architecture of the Cathedral during the four-day extravaganza designed by the internationally renowned artistic director Bill Dixon with Hans Haverkamp. Barton Grange will bring a taste of the outdoors to the festival with their artistic flair set to decorate a key area within the new Clergy Court with decorative garden and flower displays.

The budding event has taken nearly two years to organise and will welcome enthusiasts and visitors from across the country, with more exciting events and special guests due to be announced soon.

Managing Director of Barton Grange Garden Centre, Guy Topping, said: “We are very proud to be a Lancashire business and we’re always pleased to support any initiatives which help to develop our county. As a business which has gardening at its heart, we’re particularly delighted to sponsor the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival. We look forward to helping to maximise the positive impact this event will have on the town of Blackburn and on the wider Lancashire region.”

The garden centre based in Brock, near Preston, was named ‘Destination Garden Centre of the Year’ in 2015, for the fourth consecutive year, and has built a strong reputation for stocking a wide range of quality plants and garden equipment.

Barton Grange Garden Centre also has a number of other attractions including a Cook Shop, home décor department, two restaurants and a Farm Shop, selling locally sourced produce and fine foods.

Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn Cathedral, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Barton Grange as the headline sponsor. The entire event is only possible due to sponsorship and the significant support of award-winning Barton Grange makes them the perfect partners for this event of national importance.”

Blackburn Catherdral Flower Festival is the showpiece of a midsummer festival being organised by the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID). The blossoming event provides people from across the country the opportunity to take a look at the changing face of Blackburn, with the Cathedral as the cornerstone of the redevelopment.

Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter development boasts a new Clergy Court which will include the first Cathedral Cloisters to be built in the country for over 600 years. Clergy Court also includes offices, a library, apartments and townhouses together with a public refectory for the cathedral. The wider regeneration project features a recently opened six-storey office block, a 60 bed Premier Inn together with restaurant & retail space.

Barton Grange Garden Centre join a number of sponsors who are supporting the event including Blackburn BID, John Turner Construction Group, Blackburn Market, Eric Wright Group, High Level Maintenance, Cope Engineering and media partners BBC Radio Lancashire and Square Cactus.

Tickets sales and group bookings are already being received from across the UK for this prestigious event. More information and tickets are available online from www.blackburncathedralflowerfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased when visiting Barton Grange Garden Centre in person.

Directions and information for visitors to Barton Grange are available at www.bartongrange.co.uk

Pictured above are: Guy Topping, Managing Director of Barton Grange Garden Centre with Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn Cathedral.

Pictures: (Left) Bill Dixon - Artistic Director of the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival. (Right) L-R Lowri Cope, Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival Organiser, Lady Shuttleworth, Patron of the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival and Karen Brooke, Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival Organiser.

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