Greenheart consists of an extensive network of community parks, wetlands, ecological habitats, recreational facilities, restored canals and public rights of way. These spaces have developed out of Wigan’s industrial past and, through investment, they are being developed as a Regional Park to provide a valuable asset to the Borough’s residents, as well as visitors from the wider region and beyond. Together, these sites represent one of the region’s most important environmental and recreational assets, and demonstrate how an area’s brownfield legacy can be transformed into a regionally significant green asset.
The Vision for Greenheart is that it “…will become a regional park of the highest quality, bringing together sites across Wigan to provide a diverse range of recreational facilities and ecological habitats within a thriving countryside setting.” This vision is being developed through a partnership approach and is currently embarking on a new phase of development as it starts to deliver the vision and objectives recently agreed by partners.
The objectives for Greenheart have been identified as:
- Provide recreational and leisure facilities to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors from across the region and beyond.
- Support ecological habitats of regional and national importance, including wetlands, waterways and woodlands.
- Provide economic benefits to the local community.
- Support the development of sustainable environments and communities.
The objectives reflect the wider potential of Greenheart to deliver and stimulate regeneration within the borough, including environmental, social and economic benefits.