Gin Pit prepares for In Bloom

Flowers at the Gin Pit
Flowers at the Gin Pit

RESIDENTS in Tyldesley will be able to learn more about their homes’ industrial past with a new heritage trail as part of preparations for the borough’s bid for Britain in Bloom glory.

The Gin Pit Residents’ Association is arranging for a 18-foot tall half pit wheel to be placed in the woodlands beside the old Gin Pit village on the route of a proposed walking route to Astley Colliery.

The association is also hard at work getting the village ready for the visit of the judges for Britain and North West in Bloom, as it has regularly featured on the marking routes in previous years.

They have been overseeing planting trees around the village and getting the planters and communal gardens looking their best.

However, they admit their handiwork has not been helped by one of the wettest summers on record.

Secretary Jeanette Findley said: “We’re focusing more on the heritage side this year. I think it’s very important because so many youngsters don’t know anything about coal mining and our local history.

“We have been struggling with the weather, especially the fruit and vegetables which need dry periods, but people are still saying the area looks really good with the flowers and hopefully it will impress the judges too.”