It’s been a record-breaking year for green-fingered volunteers across Wigan Borough after they left the regional In Bloom awards with plenty of adulation.
In total, 30 entrants bagged 39 awards after judges lauded a host of green spaces.
The overall Wigan Borough in Bloom submission won the Silver Gilt award and scooped Best in Category for Large City in the North West in Bloom awards last week.
The borough’s parks were recognised too by judges with Jubilee Park and Shevington Memorial Parks both awarded Gold and a National Distinction for Parks, while Pennington Hall Park received the Silver Gilt and the RHS Parks and Green Spaces Award.
Local In Bloom groups had their own success with the Friends of Orrell Railway Station a standout entrant in their first year of participation after receiving the Level 5 Outstanding award and also the Best Railway Station.
Meanwhile, despite facing incredibly tough competition from the likes of the Trafford Centre, Haigh Woodland Park managed to pick up the Silver Gilt in the Large Tourist Attraction category.
Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s executive member for communities, said: “I want to thank all the volunteers for the tireless work they have put in again this year to make sure our borough remains such an attractive place to live.
“We are extremely fortunate to have so many excellent volunteers who take pride in the appearance of our green spaces.
“These groups are crucial to having neighbourhoods of which we can be proud and help make our borough such an attractive place to live.
“The In Bloom success also sums up exactly what the aims of The Deal are – with residents taking pride and responsibility for their local area and volunteering to make their communities great places to live.”
If you are interested in joining an In Bloom group, people can sign up at www.wigan.gov.uk/volunteering or contact the borough’s in bloom coordinator on 01942 486578.
Full list of this year’s winners:
Ambergate, Atherton: Level 5 – Outstanding Community Housing Award
Amberswood Community Allotments: Level 3 – Advancing
Appley Bridge in Bloom: Level 4 – Thriving
Borsdane Friends Group: Level 4 – Thriving
Cansfield Estate, Ashton-in-Makerfield: Level 4 – Thriving
Collier’s Corner: Level 5 – Outstanding
Edible Appley Bridge: Level 4 – Thriving
Ellen Higginbottom Memorial Garden: Level 4 – Thriving
Friends of Amberswood: Level 4 – Thriving Environment and Conservation Award
Friends of Ashton Community Garden: Level 5 – Outstanding Special award for gaining level 5 over 5 consecutive years
Friends of Astley Street Park, Astley: Level 3 – Advancing
Friends of Hindley Station: Level 5 – Outstanding
Golborne Community Wetland: Level 2 – Improving
Haigh Woodland Park: Silver Gilt Award – Large Tourist Attraction
Hindley Community Allotment and Garden Society: Level 5 – Outstanding
Hindley Green in Bloom: Level 3 – Advancing
Ingleside, Tyldesley: Level 4 – Thriving
Lancashire Mining Museum: Level 4 – Thriving Highly Commended Award
Leigh Neighbours Project: Level 3 – Advancing
Millbrook Primary School, Shevington: Level 3 – Advancing
Orrell Train Station: Level 5 – Outstanding/Best Railway Station
Shevington Parish Council Memorial Park: Gold Award – ParkNational Distinction for Parks
St Philips C of E Primary School, Atherton: The Environmental Award for Schools 2019
Wigan & Leigh College: Level 4 – Thriving
Wigan & Leigh Hospice: Level 5 – Outstanding
Wigan Borough in Bloom: Silver Gilt Award – Large City Category Winner – Large City
Wigan Council Jubilee Park: Gold Award – Park National Distinction for Parks
Wigan Council Mesnes Park: Level 4 – Thriving
Wigan Council Pennington Hall Park: Silver Gilt Award – Park RHS Parks and Green Spaces Award
Woodcock House, Scholes: Level 3 – Advancing
Photograph by Nick Fairhurst