Our aim is to make Wigan Borough a better place to live, work and visit by creating and maintaining an attractive environment for everyone to enjoy.
We can achieve this by:
- Working in partnership with communities and businesses to strengthen resources - see The Deal
- Ensuring the borough is a clean and green place
- Encouraging communities to be more sustainable and take part in environmental initiatives e.g. sustainable planting schemes, reducing waste, clearing litter and graffiti, producing floral displays
- Developing prosperous town centres where people wish to visit and shop, and enhancing neighbourhoods across the borough
- Changing behaviour to increase awareness of and respect for the environment e.g. running environmental projects within schools
- Targeting resources to the areas that need them most
- Creating an environment where people feel safe.
How do I get involved?
- Volunteer - Search for ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Friends of’ community groups near you and find out how you can improve your local area
- Visit Community Book to see what events and activities your local In Bloom group is up to
- As part of the Incredible Edible Wigan campaign, some of our planters now have edibles in them, so look out for herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers and aubergines and feel free to help yourself when you can see they’re ready for picking
- Business sponsorship - Watch this space if you would like to sponsor any of our planters across the borough
- Other opportunities - Other initiatives set-up by the council to help give something back to the people, the environment and community of Wigan
- Contact Wigan In Bloom if you would like to find out more.
Wigan Borough In Bloom competitions
In Bloom Garden Competition 2019
If you live in the Wigan Borough and have a garden or allotment to be proud of, we would love to hear from you. No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, there is a category to suit you.
North West In Bloom Competition 2019
Despite the current damp and cold weather, our In Bloom communities are already planning and preparing for the 2019 competition.
The theme for this year is wildlife friendly spaces. Once we get into Spring, our In Bloom communities will be given a selection of perennial wildflower seeds to sow in their towns and neighbourhoods to encourage bees and other insects to visit.
North West In Bloom Competition 2018
Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society for North West in Bloom were in the borough early July during one of the driest spells this country has seen since 1976. Over the course of 4 days the 5 judges visited 30 locations across the borough, including parks, local nature reserves, town centres, neighbourhoods, allotments, businesses and a primary school.
Volunteers met the judges at every location and gave passionate talks about the work that they do to enhance the area that they live in. They were assessed on:
- Horticultural quality
- Community participation
- Environmental responsibility.
Results will be announced at two RHS awards ceremonies in Southport on the 1st and 2nd November. Last year, the borough won an impressive 34 awards so fingers crossed for this year!