In Bloom growers hold open day

Damian Jenkinson
Damian Jenkinson

A GREEN-FINGERED company which is supplying many of the plants for Wigan’s bid for In Bloom glory this year throws its doors open to the public this week.

Moss Bank Nurseries, in Leigh, is holding an open day to allow people the chance to tour its greenhouses and see the techniques behind growing prize-winning blooms and shrubs on Friday, June 15.

Keen gardeners from across the borough will be able to see how planters are prepared and pick up tips from the experts at Moss Bank, who supply residents as well as Wigan Council and the In Bloom bid with plants.

The day is being organised by In Bloom co-ordinator Damian Jenkinson, and is one of a number of community events allowing Wiganers to get closer to the world of plants as part of the borough’s first-ever entry in the prestigious competition.

Damian said: “This is a very busy month for Moss Bank Nurseries, with hundreds of planters being installed across the borough.

“We always get lots of comments from residents who appreciate the work we do to improve our town centres and neighbourhoods, and this is your opportunity see how it all happens.”

Wigan will represent the North West in the national final of In Bloom, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), this summer, with the judges set to visit in August. The final results will be announced in October.

Wigan Council’s environment champion Coun Kevin Anderson said: “Borough in Bloom is a highly cost-effective initiative which brings people together, improves the look and feel of our town centres, our streets and our open spaces, and is strongly supported locally.

“We’re now on the national scene for our environmental quality and everyone in the borough should salute those who have helped it to happen.”