Farm upgrade shortlisted

Wigan community project, Greenslate Community Farm needs votes for the chance to win up to �10,000
Wigan community project, Greenslate Community Farm needs votes for the chance to win up to �10,000

Wigan’s Greenslate Community Farm is in the running for a major makeover.

It has been shortlisted for a top prize of a transformation in the annual Jewson Building Better Communities competition.

The farm project at Orrell has been selected as a regional finalist and can now scoop a share of a £250,000 total prize fund.

The competition now enters a public voting stage and Greenslate needs members of the local community to get behind it. Votes can be cast on the Jewson Facebook page, and by declaring their support, members of the public can help them win a much-needed helping hand to re-build their premises after a fire. People have until Friday June 16 to vote for their local project on the Jewson Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jewsonuk

Regional winners will receive prizes of up to £10,000 worth of building materials for their renovation or new build projects.

A grand prize of £50,000 worth of materials and labour will be given to the project the most deserving project in England, Scotland or Wales, as selected by the public and a panel of judges.

The winning projects will be revealed by celebrity architect, George Clark, at an awards ceremony at the University of Nottingham on July 5.

Jewson CEO Mark Rayfield said: “Since the first year of the competition in 2015, Building Better Communities has helped over 40 projects across the UK.

“Supporting the local communities where we live and work is important to us and we want to continue the good work of previous years.

“For 2017, we’ve doubled the prize fund available to regional projects, meaning that we’re giving more people the chance make an impact in their community and improve the lives of local people along the way.”