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Christmas Crafts are Bloomin’ Festive
Saturday 22nd December, 2012

Christmas Crafts are Bloomin’ Festive
The Mayor, Cllr Myra Whiteside with Shevington’s gardeners

At the end of the most successful ever year for Wigan Borough in Bloom, the team have been out and about getting communities crafty for Christmas.

Wigan Council and its partners across the borough brought home a record number of awards at this year’s In Bloom – including a Silver Gilt at the Royal Horticultural Society’s National Britain in Bloom finals.

Last week the In Bloom team held a Christmas Crafts Workshop. The Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Myra Whiteside, joined around 50 locals in Shevington. She said: “In Bloom shows the borough off at its best, and the judges come in the height of summer. But there’s plenty of festival floral fun in Wigan Borough at this time of year too and this event just shows how keen locals are to show off their green fingers all year round.”

Six free events for the public have been held over the last few weeks, in venues including Life Centres, Sure Start Centres and parish rooms. Last year the team spent the festive period in Leigh, this year they were in the north Wigan area.

The final fun workshop of the year was hosted by Shevington and District in Bloom volunteers. It was used as a fundraiser for the group’s activates within the village next year.

Damian Jenkinson, the council’s Borough in Bloom Co-ordinator, says: “We have many new events planned for 2013. We’ll be working with Wigan and Leigh Housing and hosting events in their estates. For the 30 community groups who take part in Wigan Borough in Bloom each year, January is when they begin the vital preparation for the spring and summer. The Britain in Bloom judges won’t be here until June - but six months before their arrival huge effort goes into planning what our parks, allotments and green spaces will look like.”

Upcoming town centre events planned in Leigh and Wigan Markets include ‘grow your own’ in the spring, summer hanging baskets and Autumn bulb planting, with of course more Christmas wreaths planned for next December.

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