Garden tribute to consort Terry

The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Phyll Cullen, centre, with son John, left, and daughter Trish, right
The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Phyll Cullen, centre, with son John, left, and daughter Trish, right

WORK has begun on a Wigan community garden commemorating the life of the Mayor’s late husband.

Volunteers, people carrying out community punishments and children from Beech Hill Primary School are all to contribute to the feature alongside Beech Hill St Anne’s Church in tribute to Terry Cullen, the consort to Coun Phyll Cullen, who suddenly died midway through her year in office.

The volunteers have been creating new soil beds for growing and wild flower planting areas, with plans for seating areas and other facilities which will be decided by the community.

The official launch will take place on Saturday May 9 between 2pm and 3pm.

Coun Cullen said: “I am humbled that so many people have been involved in this for Terry, as he helped a lot of people in his lifetime. It is such a wonderful gesture, especially with getting children from the primary school involved. Terry would have been so proud and overwhelmed that people would consider naming a garden in his memory. It will be nice to go to the garden to remember him, although my thoughts are with him every day.

“It has enabled youngsters on restorative justice to get involved and get a better start in life by gaining new skills.

“This is also a place where the community can help and grow things, plus it can feed the community with vegetables.”

PCSO Dave Whittle said: “This is a new project initially funded by Greater Manchester Police Proceeds of Crime act money, taken from offenders and placed back in the community, and Wigan Council Brighter Borough funding.

“So far young persons from restorative solutions have been working hard in the garden along side two volunteer members of the community.

“They have been helping clear the way for future developments. But going forward we are now seeking volunteers to help with the garden. If anyone wants to help, please get in touch.”

If anyone would like to volunteer or donate garden tools can contact PCSO Whittle on 0161 856 7124 or e-mail