With just over a week to go before the deadline closes for this year’s In Bloom entries, residents in Wigan Borough are being encouraged to make it another year to remember.
Volunteers have been recognised for their efforts over recent years with gardens in the borough landing many prestigious prizes. Wigan Borough in Bloom won the prestigious Gold Award and Best in Category in North West in Bloom 2015. While also scooping the hotly-contested Gold Award and Best in Category in North West in Bloom 2017.
There are a host of opportunities for green-fingered enthusiasts to get involved in, whether that’s the Incredible Edible competition in which residents are encouraged to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs or the Best Hanging Basket and Container Garden.
Our In Bloom Garden Competition Group organise the competition and judge your gardens on behalf of Wigan Council. Awards available this year are gold, silver-gilt, silver and bronze. There are also Best Overall category winners for individuals, communities and juniors which are chosen from the gold winning gardens.
Last week, some of the groups already signed up got to hear from Wigan Council’s Leader, Cllr David Molyneux, who told volunteers how he was fully behind In Bloom 2019.
Cllr Molyneux said: “I think it’s never been more important to highlight the achievements across the borough and celebrate the work that goes on because what groups manage to achieve is something special.
“I think In Bloom efforts can sometimes get overlooked in terms of its presentation and the impact it has on people. “I’m still meeting people who I’m trying to persuade to invest in the town that think of the dark satanic mills of the past and they are shocked when instead they see how green and beautiful it is. “I think it’s a prime example of what can be achieved in the borough when our residents pull together.”
The closing date for entries this year is 12noon on Monday 24th June with judging starting on Monday 8th July
Help is available to those who sign up with council workers able to visit gardens and seeds available on request. There is also a specially organised networking event for people to find out about Incredible Edible on Wednesday 19th June from 6.30pm to 8pm at The Edge.
If you are interested in taking part in this year’s competitions or setting up your own group, please e-mail: [email protected] or phone Tracey Williams on 01942 486578.
To fill out an application form and enter the garden competition then please visit:wigan.gov.uk/gardencompetition