GARDENERS are pruning and mowing as the Royal Horticultural Society’s north west in bloom judges arrive in the borough.

Hundreds of amateur gardeners are putting the finishing touches to their displays, gardens and green spaces ahead of the judging, which will take place over three days at the end of the month.

Some 22 community groups have entered this year’s competition along with Wigan Council’s borough-wide entry and they’re hoping to beat last year’s total of 23 prizes and a silver guilt award.

A team of volunteers from Mosley Common in Tyldesley will be taking part and the Friends of Hindley Train Station are hoping to replicate last year’s gold award.

Clr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s a remarkable achievement to have 22 groups entering the competition this year.

“We should all be very proud of Wigan Borough in Bloom.

“It brings communities together, transforms parts of our neighbourhoods, enhances the environment and has changed perceptions of Wigan.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming the judges and think we have some great displays and green spaces to show them.”

The judges arrive in Wigan Borough on July 23 with inspections taking place over three days and the results will be announced in the autumn.