Elswick named most beautiful area in Britain

Elswick has been named the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful place in Britain.

The Fylde village earned the Champion of Champions award at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

Meanwhile, Blackburn won a gold award (a judges' score of more than 85 per cent) for areas represented by Business Improvement Districts, Barnoldswick earned a silver gilt medal (a judges' score of 75 to 84 per cent) in the town category and Croston won silver gilt in the large village competition.

Elswick was described as a former agricultural village which at the turn of the century was uncared for and blighted by litter, vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

Today, known as The Village of Flowers by locals, Elswick was also awarded a gold medal for the exceptional standard of the group’s entry.  The RHS judges were impressed with the high impact floral displays, attention to detail and 1,000 strong support base which has translated into a wealth of stunning front gardens and business premises. RHS judges visited 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.