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Volunteers awarded at Greenheart ceremony
Tuesday 8th July, 2014

Many organisations and individuals have been recognised at a local award ceremony for their hard work to improve the landscape and environment of Wigan Borough.

The Greenheart Big Thank You 2014, hosted by Wigan Council, was held on Friday June 27th at St Peter’s pavilion Hindley.

The awards aimed to recognise work which maintains biodiversity in the borough, promotes healthy and active lifestyles, celebrates the heritage or the history of an area or improves the environment for residents of the borough.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council said: “The awards ceremony is a way for Wigan Council to show their appreciation to the brilliant community networks that are up and running within Wigan Borough. We have an extensive network of volunteer groups that work exceptionally hard in order to preserve the borough’s Greenheart locations for all residents to enjoy. The ceremony is the council’s opportunity to thank some of the residents of the borough who are getting involved in The Deal. All the organisations recognised at the event and all those who were nominated for awards are highly involved in their local communities, encourage healthy and active lifestyles and most importantly believe in our borough. I hope that the inspiring work, from all the organisations recognised at the ceremony and all those that weren’t, continues in the future.”

This year there were four categories in which awards were given. Martin Jones from the Leigh Ornithological Society was given the Community Champion award for his services to education. Martin and his team have visited a number of schools in the borough speaking to over 900 children in the process.

Friends of Haigh Country Park and Greencrew CIC shared the Best Newcomer award at the ceremony. The organisations help to maintain areas of great importance within Wigan Borough such as Haigh Hall Country Park and Friends of Low Hall local nature reserve. These groups of volunteers work extremely hard to maintain services at Greenheart locations for borough residents.

The Outstanding Contribution award went to Steve Bingham for his contribution to the team, Friends of Amberswood. Steve has been involved in organising the Friends of Amberswood family fun day for the past couple of years and has become a friendly face for many of the local people who enjoy all that Amberswood has to offer.

The Chair’s award was bestowed upon Leigh and District Angling Association for their efforts to maintain and improve waters and facilities leased to them by the LPA, particularly Bickershaw Flashes, Fir Tree Flash and Firs Park.

For more information about Greenheart locations in the borough visit www.wigan.gov.uk/greenheart

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