THIS year’s Wigan Borough in Bloom has been officially launched.
Pupils from The Byrchall High School in Ashton joined Deputy Leader Coun David Molyneux on the steps of the town hall to start the year’s eco-work.
To show that Wigan Borough in Bloom is not just about flowers, they have highlighted the area’s heritage, environmental quality and communities in a stunning new piece of artwork.
The Byrchall pupils created a 6ft by 5ft canvas displaying all their ideas of how they think the borough should be represented.
They highlighted some local landmarks, including Wigan Pier, the Spirit of Wigan, the Mosley Common Wheel, The Face of Wigan and Astley Mining Museum.
The canvas also picks out classic Wigan companies such as Heinz and Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls and to keep it topical, there are also cameos of the Royal Wedding and the 2012 Olympics.
The pupils involved are studying for a BTEC qualification and this project will form a significant part of their portfolio.
Pupils got very involved over the eight-week project and a recent parents’ evening showed teacher how whole families have been enthusiastic about the project and wanting to know more. Coun Molyneux, who is the council’s environment champion, praised pupils’ talent and creativity.
He said: “It’s clear to me that this project has demonstrated real skill, creativity and commitment from everyone involved.
“They have carried out significant research into the In Bloom programme and Wigan as a whole.”
Claire Williamson, Head of Art at The Byrchall, said that the partnership of school and council was a great success, adding: “The 24 students involved have all thoroughly enjoying developing new skills and working together.
“The icing on cake is that the final creation will be displayed in the Galleries shopping centre for everyone to see.
“The buzz around the project, especially from our own parents, has been phenomenal.”
Damian Jenkinson, Borough in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “We wanted to spread the word to everyone about the new online resources as we invited pupils from The Byrchall High School to take part in an art project to show how they see our borough.”
Last year’s Northwest in Bloom awards saw the best results ever for Wigan borough, with success for many individual groups and communities, as well as a major award for the council.
There’s now a dedicated community website which has been improved with new sections including advice for local communities, “How To…” guides, a community events schedule, contact details and a whole host of monthly hints and tips to guide you through your gardening year.
To find out more visit www.wiganboroughinbloom.co.uk or email Damian Jenkinsonon firstname.lastname@example.org