Good life beckons for green Wiganers

Dennis Holland, front, Anne Griffiths and Bob Worthington, of The Conservation Volunteers, get set for the The Good Life Show to mark National Allotment Week at Haigh Hall Walled Gardens
Dennis Holland, front, Anne Griffiths and Bob Worthington, of The Conservation Volunteers, get set for the The Good Life Show to mark National Allotment Week at Haigh Hall Walled Gardens
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WIGAN’S green-fingered communities are invited to a one-day festival to encourage people to get digging.

Wigan Allotment Network has joined forces with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and The Conservation Volunteers to hold The Good Life Show at Haigh Hall’s walled gardens on Tuesday, August 7.

The event, which lasts from 1pm until 5pm, is part of National Allotments Week and is a celebration of local food production, community growing, and traditional food-related skills.

There will be opportunities for local allotment and gardening groups to promote their activities, with various demonstrations of traditional crafts, gardening, livestock and bee-keeping. People will be invited to a programme of talks on subjects like permaculture and running a small holding, as well as visit a food marquee showcasing local produce and different food preparation skills. Plus there will be a range of activities for children.

Kath Godfrey, Lancashire area manager of The Conservation Volunteers, said: “Earlier this year, we opened a community allotment in Worsley Hall and this is part of our aim to promote food growing within the local area and showcase what is out there.

“We have information about skills relating to food, such as bee-keeping, cider-making and bread-making, which will be of real value.

“This free event is all about celebrating the fact that growing your own food in an allotment is for anybody. We just want to encourage as many people to come along as possible.”

Coun Chris Ready, portfolio holder for leisure, said: “Events like this are great for the borough and this is something we want to encourage to happen at Haigh gardens in the future. There is a lot of talk about buying local and encouraging people to do more for themselves in this economic climate.”

For more information on the event, which is funded by the Local Food Lottery Grant Scheme, visit www.wiganallotmentnetwork.org.uk, or to book a stall e-mail wanenquiries@gmail.com