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Flower Power to the people
Tuesday 6th October, 2009

Flower Power to the people
Area housing manager Tracey Smith, In Bloom Co-ordinator Damian Jenkinson and Ashton's Sylvia Wilkinson.

Ashton’s had a bloomin’ lovely summer, thanks to Sylvia Wilkinson.

Sylvia, a tenant on Grove Street, Cansfield Estate, Ashton-in-Makerfield, is a busy lady. Already the treasurer of the Friends of Jubilee Park, judge and treasurer of the Gardening Competition and a tenants’ rep for Wigan and Leigh Housing, she’s been working with officers in the council, Wigan and Leigh Housing and local contractors Mears – to improve her local street scene.

“We have six lovely new planters on the street now,” says Sylvia. “I secured funding for them and invited the Borough in Bloom team down to fill them with flowers. This has enhanced our estate so much.”

The planters, three on each side of the road, were installed recently and Sylvia mobilised her neighbours and friends to keep them watered and in tip top condition.

The council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “Sylvia is a credit to her community. Her positive attitude and ‘can do’ approach means everyone enjoys the results.”

Wigan Borough in Bloom is a joint project made up of projects large and small which all serve to enhance the local environment and make the borough feel cleaner and greener. Cllr Molyneux adds: “This scheme is all her own effort, but by getting involved, Sylvia has created a green oasis in her corner of Ashton, and that’s good for everyone.”

Sylvia is full of praise for the support and funding from Mears, Better Estates Wigan and Leigh Housing, and the Better Neighbourhoods Awards from the council. She says: “It’s all about pride in our work and in our town. I like to get things done.”



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