Blooming marvellous Wigan

Hannah Morris, Jack Atherton, John Sibbit and Mike Hurst at Worsley Hall Community Allotments, which is being judged by the North West in Bloom adjudicators from the Royal Horticultural Society
Hannah Morris, Jack Atherton, John Sibbit and Mike Hurst at Worsley Hall Community Allotments, which is being judged by the North West in Bloom adjudicators from the Royal Horticultural Society

WIGAN was looking blooming marvellous as the region’s top horticultural judges descended on the borough once again.

Three days of judging saw a delegation from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) travelling the length and breadth of the borough to look at the entrants for the North West in Bloom competition.

The judges visited a variety of green spaces, community gardening projects, wildlife reserves and allotments, with more than 15 locations across Wigan and Leigh being marked.

The RHS visitors looked at everything from the efforts made to turn sheltered accommodation and social housing projects into floral wonderlands, havens for nature such as Wigan Flashes and projects allowing people to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables.

Grassroots organisations from Appley Bridge and Standish Lower Ground to Atherton and Mosley Common were also visited to allow the experts to see the work, much of it done by volunteers, being done to make every corner of the borough greener.

Wigan has enjoyed spectacular success in the North West in Bloom contest over the past few years, with groups from the borough taking home no fewer than 25 prizes from the 2013 awards ceremony in Southport.

For Shevington and District in Bloom and The Bridgers community group in Howe Bridge, meanwhile, the regional judging marks merely the start of a nerve-racking summer as both groups have made it through to the final of Britain in Bloom in the town and large urban community categories respectively.

The RHS experts will return to judge the two national entrants next week.