Our committee members felt that the group should in some way mark the 100 year anniversary of the first World War. Following discussions at their public Open meeting in September 2014, it was agreed to plant an avenue of blossom trees. The Council are fully supportive of the idea. The area chosen was an overgrown stretch of border below the Round wood. During September2014, members of the Parks and Open Spaces Dept kindly agreed to clear this area of the old trees and shrubs. Eleven new cherry blossom trees were planted before Christmas 2014. It was felt that eleven was a significant number as it linked with November and 11AM. The group sought out a suitable piece of stone, similar in size and shape to the existing one laid at the park entrance, to accommodate a dedication plaque for Blossom Avenue. Thanks to a local Company, SB Tippers LTD, such a stone was located in the town. The Company kindly donated the stone and agreed to transport it to its new home in the park. The wording for the new plaque was voted on at our open meeting.  Ian Wilkinson, chair of the Friends group, said "we were delighted to recieve a £500 grant from the Green Partnership Awards* towards the cost of the project". 

* The Green Partnership Awards (GPA) is a partnership between between Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Partnership, Newground, BEA Systems and the County's local councils, providing funding and expertise to groups who want to make a difference to the areas in which they live and work.

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