Community allotment backed to promote health and wellbeing

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Ince ward councillors hand over the cheque to Wigan Borough Armed Forces HQ CIC

A community organisation that manages the borough’s armed forces hub has received a cash boost to help an allotment thrive.
 
Ince councillors, David Molyneux, Janice Sharratt and Jim Moodie have donated Brighter Borough cash to buy new equipment for the plot in their ward.
 
Volunteers from the Armed Forces HQ Community Interest Company (CIC) are currently preparing the Gordon Street site ready for spring and hope to plant herbs, vegetables and flowers.
 
Laura Ingham, managing director of the HQ, said: “The allotment hasn’t been in a great state and it’s a shame to see it not reaching its full potential.

“So we decided to take action and ask for some Brighter Borough money to buy spades, gardening gear and protective wear so we can hopefully get a nice display in place before VE Day.”

Wigan Borough Armed Forces HQ manages the allotment supported by charity, Eds Homes.

Players from Wigan Warriors also volunteered some of their time to help clear weeds and vegetation last year.
 
Laura added: “Our hopes are to grow flowers so we can create hanging baskets that can be sold at the HQ.
 
“One of our volunteers, Ken, has been working really hard to coordinate the project so far and now we’ve got some extra funding, it’ll be great to start bringing together a programme of work.
 
“We’re really thankful for the support the councillors have given us.”
 
The CIC hopes to involve a range of community groups such as Age UK and Men’s Sheds in the allotment to support better health outcomes and social inclusion.
 
Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux said: “Brighter Borough is a great resource available to the local community.
 
“The HQ CIC has great plans for the allotment and I’m confident that veterans, volunteers and the wider community will reap the benefits.
 
“Any money they make through the planned sales of the hanging baskets will be re-invested back into the hub in order to support the borough’s armed forces community further, which I think is a great touch.”
 
Brighter Borough is a fund allocated to each ward councillor on an annual basis in order to support district events, projects and initiatives.

This project has received £375 from the ward councillors.
 
To find out more about Brighter Borough or to apply, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/BrighterBoroughFund