Exhibition to encourage community cultivation

Dennis Holland, front, Anne Griffiths and Bob Worthington, of The Conservation Volunteers, get set for the The Good Life Show to mark National Allotment Week at Haigh Hall Walled Gardens
Dennis Holland, front, Anne Griffiths and Bob Worthington, of The Conservation Volunteers, get set for the The Good Life Show to mark National Allotment Week at Haigh Hall Walled Gardens
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A ONE-day festival aimed at encouraging Wiganers to turn green-fingered is to take place next month.

Wigan Allotment Network has joined forces with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and The Conservation Volunteers to hold The Good Life Show at Haigh Hall’s walled gardens, on Saturday August 24.

The event, which runs from 11am until 4pm, is a celebration of local food production, community growing, and traditional food-related skills, with the hope people would be spurred into growing their own crops and food.

There will be opportunities for local allotment and gardening groups to promote their activities, with various demonstrations of traditional crafts, gardening, livestock and bee-keeping.

Amateur chefs are invited to take part in the Great Wigan Bake Off, organised by Alex Fisher, owner of Truly Scrumptious, to create a dish using fruit or vegetables.

There are two categories, with £180 for the adult winner and private tuition at the Cake Boutique for the winner of the 12 to 17 age category.

Entrants must have prepared the dish beforehand. To enter e-mail wiganbakeoff@gmail.com.

There will also be a chance to observe willow weaving, wood turning and trug making and to find out how to make, bread, butter and jam, as well as watch smoothies be created using a bike.

Visitors can also see some runner ducklings.

Hannah Morris, event organiser at the Conservation Trust, said: “This follows on from the success of last year’s event, which is all about growing your own and living sustainably. We are still looking for stall holders - it could be anything from fruit and veg stall, up-cycled clothing, recycled goods, fairtrade goods, gardening tools/equipment, handmade natural products including food. Basically if it is from natural products, hand or home-made, for the garden/wildlife then that’s great!”

Kath Godfrey, Lancashire area manager of The Conservation Volunteers, said: “This is about inspiring people to grow their own and think about the impact on the environment, We have a lot of amazing work going on and it is a great chance to promote what is going on.”

For more information, visit www.wiganallotmentnetwork.org.uk, or to book a stall e-mail h.morris@tcv.org.uk