Call to help Bloom gold bid

Volunteers along with representatives from Groundwork, Wigan Council and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Volunteers along with representatives from Groundwork, Wigan Council and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust

A massive summer clean-up has been planned to spruce up the borough’s streets and green spaces in preparation for a new attempt to win national honours.

Thanks to major success in last year’s North West in Bloom Awards, Wigan has been put forward for The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition again and groups across the area are going for gold.

Following on from the spring clean, another week of events will take place, led by volunteers and supported by Wigan Council, in a bid to get the borough spick and span for judging this summer.

The council is encouraging people to get involved by joining a local In Bloom group or doing some planting or taking part in a litter pick in their local area.

From Monday, June 27 to Sunday, July 3 there will be a week of events people can get involved with.

Residents, schools and businesses are being called on to help clean up the borough and do their bit in their area to help scoop the top prize.

In Blooms groups are on a recruitment campaign to get as many people as possible involved in planting, pruning and perfecting floral displays.

This year The Royal Horticultural Society is asking people to pledge to turn a grey space into a “green” living plant space and have set a goal of transforming 6,000 spaces by the end of 2017.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a great opportunity to help get our borough ready for when it will be showcased on a national stage for Britain in Bloom.

“It is wonderful that we have been recognised at a national level and it proves how much pride people in the borough have for their communities.

“Please get involved and show your support for our bid to win gold.”

The Summer Bloom clean-up is part of an annual programme to keep Wigan borough tidy.

To find out more about getting involved or to join your local in bloom or friends group contact inbloom@wigan.gov.uk

More details will be posted on the council’s twitter @WiganCouncil and facebook page www.facebook.com/wigancouncil