Bloom judges in town

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WIGAN’S green spaces go under the microscope today as the judges of Britain in Bloom are in town.

A two-strong judging panel from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will be taken on a four-hour tour of the borough to look at Wigan’s finest wildlife habitats, community gardens and green spaces in the town’s first-ever bid for glory in the prestigious national competition.

The judges began their tour of Wigan with a reception at the Town Hall, where they met the Mayor of Wigan Coun Myra Whiteside, Wigan Council deputy leader Coun David Molyneux and chief executive Donna Hall, before being taken to the start of the judging route in Ashton.

They will then visit Golborne, Leigh, Howe Bridge, Hindley, Ince and Wigan town centre, before the judging day finishes with a community showcase event at The Wiend in front of the Wigan Life Centre this afternoon.

The winner of Britain in Bloom will be announced at a ceremony in Guernsey in October.