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Aerial view of the Bonc in Golborne, where 800 new trees have been planted.

New woodland springs up in Golborne Park

by Editor Lowton and Golborne News

More than 800 new trees have been planted in Golborne over recent months, thanks to local volunteers.

A mix of native saplings – including Oak, Hawthorn, Scots Pine, Alder, Birch, Hazel and Wild Cherry have all been planted on Golborne Park (known as The Bonc), with plans for more to follow.

City of Trees volunteers planting saplings on the Bonc in Golborne

City of Trees volunteers planting saplings on the Bonc in Golborne.

The tree planting is thanks to community group, Golborne & Lowton West Voice, who are working closely with Wigan Council and Greater Manchester City of Trees, who donated the saplings.

Tractor clears ground

Wigan Council cleared the land ahead of planting.

Their plans for next year include the creation of a Community Orchard. It will be planted on land which first needs clearing of White Poplar – an invasive species currently growing wild there.

The group are looking for volunteers to help with this task – if you would like to get involved please visit the Golborne and Lowton West Neighbourhood Voice website or email Martin Smith: smith_1@live.co.uk.

As well as the initial clearing of the site, there will also be a need for volunteers to help with ongoing care of the trees and site – again, the group would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved – no matter how much or little time you have to give. It’s a great way to get outdoors, meet people and give something back to your community – and the environment.

A volunteer plants a small sapling

Volunteers have been hard at work planting the trees – and more help will be needed.

The transformation of the Bonc will also eventually include new pathways and remedial work to prevent flooding, planned by Wigan Council.

A big thank you to everyone involved!

2 comments

Y December 18, 2020 - 4:53 pm

Wtf. The Bonk will never be the bonc. Are we English?

Editor Lowton and Golborne News December 21, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Thanks, yes, we have to admit that both spellings seem to be used in posts we’ve seen: The Bonk / The Bonc. Can anyone help settle this? I’m unsure of the origins of the name… any local experts know?

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