|In Bloom and Online - borough’s blooms blossom in cyberspace
Damian Jenkinson (top row, left) and Nick Burdekin (top row, right) with pupils from the Deanery High School in Wigan's Mesnes Park
“We want more information!” - that’s the call from the borough’s dedicated and eager eco volunteers. From Ashton to Astley, and from Pemberton to Platt Bridge, groups and individuals are giving their time, greening their communities with litter picks and floral displays.
Although they work tirelessly in their own neighbourhoods, villages and communities, the volunteers all want to share advice about the best new ideas, to help their own projects and possibly lead to an award at Northwest in Bloom.
And so, Wigan Council’s In Bloom team now have a dedicated database of information online at www.wiganboroughinbloom.co.uk, and they’ve enlisted pupils from the Deanery High School to help promote it.
Damian Jenkinson, Wigan Borough in Bloom co-ordinator says: “To spread the word about this resource, we invited students from the Deanery to use their imaginations and design the letters of our website in a floral theme. The response was a superb testament to their talents and creativity.”
Damian told the young people that he’ll be using their artwork throughout the year at a variety of In Bloom promotional events.
He adds: “We’ve had a phenomenal response to our floral displays over the past 12 months, with public satisfaction at an all time high. The council and our many partners have worked hard over the winter to ensure this year’s displays are bigger and better. You can expect a pleasant surprise when the summer displays are reinstalled next month.”
The council’s environmental education team work with schools across the borough to raise awareness of eco issues and the Borough In Bloom initiative, and its role in transforming the borough’s landscape.
Damian says: “This project has demonstrated not only the pupils’ talent, but also their awareness of the environment. It’s great to know that young and old, people across our borough care about their local landscape and want to help improve it. We do very well at Northwest in Bloom thanks to all our supporters – and there’s still room for you!”
The website has been improved with suggestions from local volunteers in mind and provides information about how to get involved in Wigan Borough in Bloom, online toolkits, useful contact details and a whole host of seasonal information to guide you through your gardening year.
If you would like to find out more about Borough In Bloom, the work of the environmental education team or have a closer look at the winning entries, please log on to www.wiganboroughinbloom.co.uk or call the In Bloom Co-ordinator Damian Jenkinson on 01942 488299.