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Green for go in the heart of Wigan Borough
Wednesday 20th July, 2011

Green for go in the heart of Wigan Borough
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Fans of Wigan’s wide open spaces have come together to celebrate the glorious Greenheart of the borough.

Greenheart is the country park right at the centre of Wigan. It stretches from Leigh all the way up to Haigh Hall, and includes plenty of beautiful parks, woodlands, wetlands, canals and green spaces.

Working behind the scenes is the Greenheart Partnership, which is helping to shape the future of the 1,500 hectare site.

The Partnership, which is made up of people from organisations in public, private, community and voluntary sectors from across the borough, recently celebrated success with the first ever Greenheart Convention.

More than 70 people converged on St Peter’s Pavillion in Hindley recently to recognise the achievements as part of the Greenheart partnership.

The gathering talked about topics such as the transformation of Greenheart, the health benefits of having access to green spaces and how Greenheart can help create a positive image for Wigan borough.

There was also a screening of a new fly-over video promoting Wigan’s green spaces.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for the Environment, Cllr Kevin Anderson said: “Over half of the borough’s population live within a 10 minute walk of Greenheart. These wide, open green spaces make for some of the most beautiful scenery in the North West and are there for everyone to enjoy.

“The Greenheart partnership is about ensuring that residents get the most out of these spaces.”
The delegates then took part in a workshop where they learned more about their partners’ organisations and discussed Greenheart’s success over the past year and their plans for the future including the development of new leisure and recreation facilities for Greenheart.

After lunch they were invited to enjoy an afternoon of community fun activities on Amberswood Common. Activities for children and adults included kayaking, archery, willow-weaving, a fairy-hunt and outdoor skills.

For more information on Greenheart you can visit the website: www.visitgreenheart.com

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