Borough’s most colourful thoroughfare

The finished Hindley Green walkway

The finished Hindley Green walkway

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A COMMUNITY group has put its planting skills to use and transformed a deserted walkway into a beautiful garden.

Members of the Leigh Community Garden Project were desperate to spruce up the popular path between Taunton Avenue and Westleigh Lane in Hindley Green so applied to Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund.

They were given £480 in May through the fund this year and have spent the money to refresh the walkway on compost, bedding plants, top soil and weedkiller.

They have also stored 10 bags of compost for next spring and are saving some of the funding for spring bulbs in 2016.

As well as creating a lovely place to live, the project has also brought the community closer.

Terry Pemberton, a volunteer from the project, said: “We are delighted to have received the grant from the Deal for Communities. The difference this has made already in just a few days of the group working together – the community garden looks refreshed and bright.

“We have had children from the estate planting bedding plants and adults helping with the heavier task of collecting, loading and unloading soil and compost. This activity has been welcomed by all who use this walkway and the children who have been planting are looking forward to seeing the plants grow and flower during next spring. It has been a community fun activity although hard graft at times.”

The Deal for Communities Investment Fund is opening for a third round on Monday 14th September 2015. The fund is a pot of money for local groups and organisations who want to tackle an issue in their community and is part of the council’s Deal with residents. More details will be available soon at www.wigan.gov.uk/communitydeal