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Golborne in Bloom volunteers pictured with Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Kevin Anderson, at the official unveiling of the Green Flag award.

Coveted Green Flag for Golborne in Bloom

by Editor

Huge congratulations to the volunteers of Golborne in Bloom whose incredible efforts to nurture planting and flowers across the town have earnt them a prestigious Green Flag Community Award!

Gaining a green flag has been a long term aim of the green fingered group, who have spent the last seven years working tirelessly to make Golborne a greener and distinctly more beautiful place.

They are the group responsible for the beautiful blooms on Golborne Library’s gardens; the Charles Napier gardens and in the car park, the lush planting on the embankment of Tanners Lane between the library and bridge and in the garden borders of Peter Kane Square… and that’s just some of their work!

Mayor Kevin Anderson chats with Golborne in Bloom volunteers at the celebration event.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. As a result, you’ll often see the Green Flag flying proudly in the best parks and green spaces across the country.

The Green Flag Community Award recognises places where people have come together to make the area a more attractive, welcoming place. It looks for publicly accessible places that are safe, well maintained and make good use of the local biodiversitry, landscape and heritage. It looks for genuine community involvement in a project, and requires there to be some creatvity and innovation in their approach, too.

The Green Flag flying in the garden at Golborne library whilst onlookers clap

The Green Flag was flown for the first time at a ceremony attended by the Mayor and Golborne in Bloom volunteers.

So for Golborne in Bloom to be awarded is a fantastic achievement, and a great recognition of all that they have been striving for in the town.

The Green Flag was officially flown for the first time at a celebration event attended by Mayor Kevin Anderson on Thursday, 10 August.

About Golborne in Bloom

Golborne in Bloom was established seven years ago, with the aim of injecting some civic pride into Golborne Town Centre. Since then, the achievements of the group are clear for all to see. Golborne in Bloom are committed to environmentally sustainable work, using composters and water butts, and providing incredible habitats for wildlife.

They work with other groups in the community, including older people, people with additional needs and school children, to get them involved in their work.

Beautiful planting and a sign explaining how Murphy have supported the project

Golborne in Bloom have had support from local businesses, including Murphy, as well as Wigan Council and other local organisations.

The group have been supported by Wigan council and local councillors, community group The Voice, as well as local businesses J Murphy and Sons and Advanced Fencing. Many of their plants come from local small business Basketcases, based on Heath Lane in Golborne, who also donate their end of season plants to Golborne in Bloom.

Get involved

This friendly group of volunteers meet at Golborne Library every Thursday and Saturday (weather permitting) between 9am-12pm. Come along and get involved – no experience or expertise is needed, as they’ll be more than happy to help. It’s a fantastic way to spend a few hours enjoying some gardening, getting to know others, and gaining the satisfaction of seeing what a difference you are making to the town.

You can also find out more about the group by following them on Facebook.

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