Brownies’ eco projects bloom

Two Leigh girls eager for Spring to come, set to work this week with the backing of a local councillor to brighten up the local environment.

Lily Jones and Becky Haron, who are members of 12th Leigh St Josephs Brownies and Guides, have been busy planting bulbs in Leigh and know that come next March or April there will be a stunning display of colour on the grass verges at the end of Chapel Street.

Coun Kevin Anderson is a local ward member in the area and champion for the environment on the council’s cabinet.

He joined the group for the planting and said: “It’s great to see members of our community – especially the younger ones – coming together to show their respect for their local area.”

Beccy’s mum, guide leader Kerry Haron, says: “The girls are really into their eco projects.

“We have been doing hanging baskets in the summer, and we collected five bags of rubbish in one session for the Big Tidy Up in September and we’re carrying on doing more and more.”

Working with the council’s neighbourhood teams and community leaders, St Joseph’s have been planting crocuses around the distinctive Georgian Court near Butts Bridge.

Kerry had the idea that the Georgian Court corner was the ideal place to plant the bulbs as it could benefit from a spring splash of colour.

Last month, the council and its partners in Wigan & Leigh Housing, businesses and of course lots of community groups from Howe Bridge to Standish, took several top prizes at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Northwest in Bloom awards.

Coun Anderson added: “I hope it inspires all of us to do our bit and maybe even get involved with Borough in Bloom.”

To get involved in bulb planting, Eco Schools or looking after a planter of flowers, contact Damian Jenkinson at the council on 01942 489325.