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Local countryside goes online @ visitgreenheart.com
Wednesday 24th March, 2010

Local countryside goes online @ visitgreenheart.com
The new Greenheart website.

The countryside at the heart of Wigan – known as Greenheart – is accessible for walks and leisure pursuits, but it is also available online as a new internet resource is launched.

From parks to lakes to woodlands, there are great places to visit and spend some time just a short distance from the borough’s towns and communities, and a website, powered by new Vision to showcase the popular attractions that make up Greenheart is now live at visitgreenheart.com

The beautifully illustrated new site brings together the area’s leading wildlife, heritage and recreational attractions, which are all within a 30 minute drive of each other. The easy to use website lets people create their perfect day out and has something for everyone this half term and bank holiday including nature lovers, bird-watchers, cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

Cllr David Molyneux, the council’s cabinet champion for the environment and regeneration and member of the Greenheart Partnership Board said:

‘’Greenheart has some great attractions not only for local residents to enjoy on their own doorstep, but also for visitors to use from across the region and beyond. This website aims to show people a sample of what’s on offer.”

With just a few clicks of the mouse people can find out more about the historic Haigh Country Park, with its impressive grounds and woodlands, or see what’s on at one of the many local nature reserves across the area, including Easter events for the whole family.

Cllr Molyneux adds: “Everyone in the partnership hopes Greenheart will become a regional park of the highest quality, bringing together sites across Wigan Borough to provide a diverse range of recreational facilities and wildlife habitats within a thriving countryside setting.’’

John O’Neill, Chair of the Greenheart Partnership Board and the borough wide Environment and Heritage Network, said:

‘’Greenheart offers an opportunity to present Wigan borough in a different light to visitors. Few people – even within the borough itself – are aware of the fantastic countryside and wildlife that lies in what were once industrial wastelands. Individually, the sites act to serve local communities and a few enthusiasts. But, sold as a package, they present an attractive day out where you can visit nature reserves, canals, woodlands and country parks and enjoy sailing, golf, cycling, walking which together can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Mr O’Neill, former deputy leader of Wigan Council, added that the website will help to promote the plans of the partnership board: “We have ambitious plans to provide a range high quality open spaces and facilities which are used and valued by all," he added.

As well as the great outdoors, people can find out more about the new Leigh Sports Village which is one of the largest facilities of its type.

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