Have you spotted the colourful new additions to Pennington Flash and Golborne Park?
These lovely heart sculptures have popped up in parks across Wigan Borough and were designed by pupils from local schools.
They’re part of a campaign by the council as part of ‘The Heart of Wigan’, its flagship public health programme, which aims to encourage us to get more active in our local parks and green spaces, to help improve our physical and mental health.
More than a thousand entries from local school children were received for the competition, before being whittled down to the final seven, so for those young people whose designs were chosen, this is a fantastic achievement.
Each of the winning designers was invited along to see their heart designs being printed and put in place in the parks.
Daniel, one of the winners, said: “It’s cool seeing my picture printed out big and looking forward to seeing it with my friends in the park.”
Gracie, aged 11, who also designed one of the hearts, added: “I feel very proud to have been chosen. I chose the design to represent sport to encourage people to be more active. Being active helps your heart and keeps you fit.”
Each heart has a one-mile route taking in the stunning structure as an easy way to take those first steps towards healthier living.
As an added incentive, if you complete the mile walks around each one, you can also enter a competition running up until the end of the October half term by revealing the word which is made up of a hidden letter on each heart.
Competition winners will get the chance to win a range of fun activities including adventure golf and High Rope adventures at Haigh Hall as well as swimming passes from Inspiring healthy lifestyles.
As well as the scullptures in Golborne Park and Pennington Flash, you’ll also find the art works in Mesnes Park, Haigh Woodland Park, Amberswood, Three Sisters and Lilford Park.
Councillor Jenny Bullen, one of the competition judges, said: “There are clearly so many talented young people across Wigan Borough judging by the calibre of entries we had and it was very difficult to pick the eventual winners.
“It is fantastic to see their messages of healthy living going on display and young people being involved in the Heart of Wigan by encouraging people to think about getting out and active and taking in their positive messages.”