VIPs’ grand tour of the house of straw

Open day at Jack's House in Worsley Hall with Jack Atherton being joined by MP Lisa Nandy, coun Mike Dewhurst and Kath Godfrey, area manager Conservation Voluteers
Open day at Jack's House in Worsley Hall with Jack Atherton being joined by MP Lisa Nandy, coun Mike Dewhurst and Kath Godfrey, area manager Conservation Voluteers

MEMBERS of The Conservation Volunteers held an open day to launch a classroom they built out of tightly-packed bales of straw in Worsley Hall.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, the ward’s councillors and members of the public were shown around the new facility in Poplar Avenue which will be used by students to learn about gardening, permaculture, organic food growing and sustainability. There will also be an outdoor community allotment with bees and hens which will provide outdoor practical opportunities.

The community eco-centre was named Jack’s House after the founding member of Worsley Hall Community Allotment Society, Jack Atherton, who requested the community facilities.

TCV senior project officer Hannah Morris said: “We wanted a classroom and training centre for us to run various things and the community to use. We hope the building will act as a working demonstration of sustainable living and a greener alternative to traditional building methods.”

The Lottery-backed project has been developed by TCV as part of the Wigan Allotment Network – aimed at getting people living more sustainably, by growing their own food at home or in allotments.