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Wigan borough flies the flag
Friday 19th October, 2012

Wigan borough’s award-winning gardeners will gather to mark their success in the Britain in Bloom competition by unveiling a flag given to them by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Wigan was awarded the Silver Gilt prize in the Large City category at a ceremony earlier this month. It was the first time the borough had been nominated in the Britain in Bloom awards. To mark the achievement, the RHS has presented Wigan Council with a flag that will be unveiled at Town Green in Ashton-in-Makerfield on Monday 22nd October.

Town Green is one of many green spaces in the borough transformed by volunteers - with the support of council staff. It was singled out for praise by In Bloom inspectors, who travelled around the borough in the summer.

The flag unveiling comes just days before the North West in Bloom finals with Wigan expected to pick up more prizes. The results of the regional competition will be announced during two ceremonies taking place in Southport on October the 24 and 25. Across the borough there are 16 In Bloom schemes nominated including Standish, nominated for the best large town, Shevington, nominated for the best town, and Wigan borough, nominated for the Large Metropolitan Borough prize. Last year Wigan won a record 17 awards and it’s hoped the results will be even better this year.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, says: “It was a tremendous achievement for Wigan Borough in Bloom to win a Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom finals. Now we’re hoping we can repeat that success in the regional competition.

“In Bloom has inspired people to make the places they live greener. It’s brought communities together and given people a new sense of pride. Wigan Council is pleased to have supported residents with this scheme. It’s been a great effort from everyone involved and the results have been better than we ever expected.”

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