Wigan Council garden project wins top honour at flower show

Pictured from the left are garden designer Allison McIntosh, Hairy Biker David Myers and schoolgirl Sylvie McGuinness
Pictured from the left are garden designer Allison McIntosh, Hairy Biker David Myers and schoolgirl Sylvie McGuinness

An eco-friendly project run by Wigan Council landed a top award at Southport Flower Show.

The Waste Not Garden – a combined effort from residents, school-children and local authority staff – was deemed to be gold standard by event judges.

Green-fingered volunteers dedicated more than 600 hours to the scheme, using hard materials and waste items that are often seen as unrecyclable.

The garden’s striking centrepiece was a circular tree seat made from empty pop bottles filled with single-use plastics, known as eco-bricks made by local primary school children.