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A COMMUNITY group is appealing to Wiganers for help to secure £25,000 to transform an overgrown patch of land into a wildlife haven.

Mosley Common in Bloom has entered a competition to earn the public vote in order to make a nature reserve from the neglected space near the playing fields on Bridgewater Road.

The group, which has been running for around 12 months, is competing against eight other projects from across the North West on the final shortlist of the Better Together contest, organised by insurance company Together Mutual.

The Mosley Common group has less than two weeks to secure as many e-votes as possible for its vision before the April 11 deadline and the destination of the funding pot is decided.

Vice-chair Louise Cook, 48, said: “The site is one we are very familiar with as we wlak our dogs on the playing fields, and beyond that it’s become very overgrown. People have thrown rubbish into the area, there’s a brook which people just dump things into, and it’s crying out for something to be done. We’re going to get rid of all the brambles and clear the whole area, and then we want to work with local groups of young people to create a nature trail and hopefully attract wildlife.”

Mosley Common in Bloom’s plan is to replace the current wild scrubland with hedgerows made from native shrubs and plants, patches of woodland and flowers and fruit trees to attract insects and butterflies.

Youth groups will also get involved by building bat boxes and bug hotels, while there are also proposals for a visitors’ interpretation board and a QR code to link to a website currently under development.

For more details or to cast a vote visit www.togetherinsurance.co.uk/better