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Scouts’ honour – summer planting in the Wiend with St Stephen’s troop
Wednesday 8th September, 2010

Scouts’ honour – summer planting in the Wiend with St Stephen’s troop
Steve Gray and his team join Ellen Belshaw from the Environmental Education Team down at the new-look Wiend.

If you like the colours and scents of nature in its full glory, take a walk down The Wiend.

The historic Wigan town centre has just been given a floral-themed makeover thanks to more than a little help from the gang that are always prepared.

St Stephen’s 15th Scouts Group has been working Wigan Council’s Environmental Education Team, Moss Bank Nurseries and Wiend-based Gallimore’s restaurant to create a display that’s bloomin’ fantastic.

Steve Gray, who is Scout Leader for the Wigan group believes getting involved sums up what scouting’s all about. We all enjoy getting involved in a hands-on way with something that directly benefits the community

“We’ve been helping out planting at the Wiend for the past three years now, both summer and winter,” says Steve. Helping improve the environment is very much part of the work we do as Scouts,” Steve says. “As we we’ll know about its importance for the future.”

Moss Bank Nurseries, as suppliers of all the plants for the Wigan Borough in Bloom, not only helped with the planting but have sponsored the Wiend flower beds for the last three years. Whilst gastronomic Gallimore’s kept the eager volunteers fed and watered throughout their task.

And the results speak volumes. Not only were the Wigan Borough in Bloom judges who visited in July impressed by the planting and teamwork at the Wiend, but the area has gone on to take part in the Tidy Business Awards scheme.

“The Wiend looks amazing,” says Nick Burdekin, Environmental Education Co-ordinator. “This is a great example of partnership bridging the voluntary, business and community sectors. I’m hoping to use this model to link other businesses to their communities across Wigan Borough.”



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