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WANTED: Green Crusaders and Historic Heroes
Friday 7th May, 2010

WANTED: Green Crusaders and Historic Heroes
Gill David receives her award from actress Leah Hackett for her lifelong contribution to the arts in Wigan and Leigh at last year’s inaugural event which focused on the arts.

An awards ceremony is set to celebrate all that’s class about the environment and heritage in Wigan and Leigh.

Amateur gardeners, landscapers, botanists arboriculturists (tree surgeons, foresters), ecologists, conservationists, historians, archaeologists are being invited to take part in this year’s “Cultural Partnership Recognition Awards”.

The voluntary sector awards are being organised by Wigan’s Cultural Partnership – a body made up of individuals from the public, private and voluntary sector dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and communities by increasing the accessibility of cultural resources and developing recreational facilities.

In 2010 the awards -now in their second year- will concentrate on the environment and heritage but each year a different cultural sector, ranging from lifelong learning to play, will have the chance to shine.

Nomination categories include Lifetime Achievement Award (lifelong contribution to the Environment / Biodiversity or Heritage), Best Heritage Project / Event, Best Environmental / Biodiversity Project / Event and Going The Extra Mile.

The awards will be presented on Saturday 10 July at Formby Hall, Atherton.

Mark Ashley, Chairman of the Cultural Partnership, said: “These awards have been created to recognise the hard work, creativity and commitment of the borough's champions of culture.

“They are the just reward for those people who go out of their way to improve the lives of their fellow citizens week in, week out throughout the year in so many different areas.

“They will be awards to cherish and to celebrate.”

Organiser John Hill, Business Development Support Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, added: “The partnership is committed to improving the lives of individuals and communities across the borough and its main aim is to increase the accessibility of cultural resources and to develop recreational opportunities for local people.

“We see this award scheme as pivotal in recognising the talent and effort of individuals and groups who bring the culture of Wigan and Leigh to life.”

If you want a nomination form or want to know more about the event please contact John Hill, Business Development Support Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust on Telephone 01942 828 258 or email j.hill@wlct.org

All forms should be submitted by 4pm on Friday 28 May 2010.



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