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Eco Warriors at the Hawks
Tuesday 17th November, 2009

Eco Warriors at the Hawks
Pupils bring on the flowers

Pupils from Hawkley Hall High School have been brightening up their local community.

Hawkley Hall Precinct – in the past perhaps not as attractive as many residents would like – has now been decorated with plants and tidied up by the young people, as well as by the businesses themselves.

Residents have been telling council officers about their concerns for the precinct, and, as part of the council’s PACT project (Partners and Communities Together), there was a get together to do something about it.

Cabinet champion for the environment, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “The good work done here came about as a direct result of residents, businesses and council looking at problems together and finding answers. That’s great news for the whole community.”

The first part of the improvements involved planting around the Hawk Pub, which has recently signed up to the Tidy Business Award scheme. The programme, which is run with the Tidy Britain Group, rewards businesses that show good environmental performance, doing things such as keeping shop frontages clean and tidy, reducing their waste and supporting community clean-ups.

As well as the Hawk Pub, both the Co-Op and Coral on the precinct have received Tidy Business Awards.

Cllr Molyneux says that the work goes on: “There’s more to do here, such as improving the car park, and we are keen to see more businesses getting involved. It is only by building stronger relationships within the community that we can create a cleaner and greener borough and Wigan Council is happy to support such efforts.”

In order to achieve their Gold award businesses are required to take part in a community initiative to help improve the environment. And so, the Hawk joined up with the council to involve pupils from Hawkley Hall High School who got their hands dirty to fill four new planters there.

Tricia Mosley of the Hawk pub said: “We wanted to do our bit to help improve the appearance of the precinct and we were happy to work with the council to do this. It was nice to see local schoolchildren getting involved and the flowers really brighten up the area.”

This term, the pupils will also be receiving eco lessons from the council’s environmental education team, as well as tree planting and litter picking. Officers are in discussion with other local firms to involve them in the Tidy Business Award scheme.

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