Dash of colour added to country park entrance

Wigan Borough in Bloom co-ordinator Nick Budekin, Brighter Borough council officer Paula Clisham and Coun George Davies with one of the new planters outside the plantation gates at Haigh Hall
Wigan Borough in Bloom co-ordinator Nick Budekin, Brighter Borough council officer Paula Clisham and Coun George Davies with one of the new planters outside the plantation gates at Haigh Hall
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AN HISTORIC Wigan landmark is now looking blooming brilliant thanks to a generous donation from a councillor.

Wigan Central representative Coun George Davies bought two large floral planters to stand outside the plantation gates entrance to Haigh Hall near Wigan Infirmary.

The donation from Coun Davies’s Brighter Borough funding is his latest gesture of support towards Wigan Borough in Bloom, which he has supported for many years.

The borough scooped a record 22 awards at this year’s North West in Bloom, including gold medals for Shevington as the region’s best town and for Wigan in Bloom in the city category.

The latter award saw the borough take its place in Britain in Bloom for the second time, with the town centre also winning the Clean Sweep Award for the region’s tidiest urban area.

Coun Davies said: “Wigan Borough in Bloom is a very successful programme and I wanted to use some of my Brighter Borough money to support the community of Wigan Central in terms of improving its environmental quality, as well as linking in with the wider In Bloom programme. I hope the residents can see the difference at the plantation gates, one of our most iconic landmarks.”

As well as installing the planters work has taken place to clear some of the overgrown vegetation which had gathered on the tops of the plantation gates and columns.