Preparations are well underway as the town gets set to go for gold this year.

Northwich in Bloom saw many businesses taking part in bringing displays of fantastic floral colour last year.

Those efforts didn’t go unnoticed as judges who visited the town decided to once again to award a Silver Gilt for the North West in Bloom entry.

The regional competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, encourages local communities to improve their surroundings through imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping.

After retaining silver gilt, the year ahead looks set to be even bigger, with plenty of wild projects seeing nature come to the fore once again and with it, dreams of gold.

Last year’s prize was awarded for the involvement of local schools, the Grozone Community Garden, Rods Secret Garden, Vickers Way Park, Barons Quay River Garden and the town centre floral arrangements.

When the judges once again descend on the town this summer, it is very much hoped the increased efforts are enough to bloom gold.

Northwich BID Project Manager Adam Gerrard said: “We put a lot of effort into last year and were awarded the Silver Gilt award.

“But this year, we’re really going to pull out all the stops to achieve gold.

“Part of those plans include looking at perennial planting schemes, wildflower meadows and wildlife friendly projects.

“There are many organisations involved in delivering this for the town centre and our goal is gold.”

Northwich Town Clerk Chris Shaw said: “We always aim to make sure the town is full of an array of vibrant colours every year.

“Looking ahead to 2022 and in a bid to achieve gold status, we are going to do something different and inspire people in the community to get more involved in planting in and around the town centre.

“We want people to not only feel proud of their town, but to take ownership of it too.

“We’ll be revealing more details on this before the summer.”

Radio Northwich bagged top honours in the window display competition for their stylish and colourful display featuring a mannequin sat at a piano adorned with bouquets of flowers.

The town’s library took home second, while third was shared between Weigh of the World and Sarah’s Wedding Boutique.