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Brighter Borough Promises Brighter Environment
Wednesday 9th December, 2009

Brighter Borough Promises Brighter Environment
Michelle Barton (volunteer), Les Baldwin (volunteer), Kath Godfrey (BTCV), Damian Jenkinson (Wigan Council Borough in Bloom) and Nicola Robertson (PACT officer).

Hawkley Hall will be bursting with colour in the spring, thanks to investment from local ward councillors.

15 Rowan trees have been planted in front of the shops on Carr Lane, supporting the council’s eco improvements in the area.

Councillors Bill Rotherham, Lynne Holland and Brian Baldwin have used their Brighter Borough funds to pay for the new trees.

Cllr Rotherham says: “So many different partners have got involved in improving Hawkley Hall. The shops, in particular, are a focal point of the area, so these trees will make an important visual statement about the changing local environment and we’re looking at further ways we can make improvements to this area.”

The Sorbus intermedia (Rowan) trees are medium size trees with conical crowns. They have dark green leaves with silver-grey undersides. The trees will produce white flowers in May and then orange-red fruits, offering an ideal habitat for birds and insects. When fully grown the trees will reach between 10 and 15 metres in height.

The tree planting is part of a joined-up initiative to improve the environmental quality of the main thoroughfare and shopping area in Hawkley Hall. Officers, councillors, businesses and schools have been working together as part of the PACT (Partners and Communities Together) initiative.

Council Neighbourhood Services and Environmental Education teams have been supporting local businesses on Carr Lane. Several have signed up to the nationally accredited Tidy Business Awards. As part of this, the Hawk pub recently installed four guardrail planters outside the premises, part funded by the council.

The ward councillors’ investment is also a boost to the Borough in Bloom project. In October, Wigan Council was runner-up in the North West In Bloom awards against stiff regional competition.

The trees were planted by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteer’s team. The team has worked with Wigan Council for several years carrying out landscape improvements.

The council’s Nicola Robertson runs the PACT team in Wigan South. She said: “When we carried out consultation with residents, they told us that the shopping area was a top priority. So we are working really hard with the shop owners, elected members, and local residents to improve the area, and make it a more attractive place to live and work.”

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