Hindley residents show off their plants at Britain in Bloom

Hindley residents show off their plants at Britain in Bloom

Sussex Close tenants Tracy Williams, Wilf Ford, Dave Bainbridge, Jackie Astin and Sue Ford

The Mayor of Wigan Phyll Cullen and her consort Terrance with the Sussex Close team

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TENANTS from a social housing group have wowed judges at a flower show .

Residents’ of Sussex Close in Hindley created a flowery masterpiece at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show and were awarded a silver medal for their efforts.

It took the group 18 hours and 4,000 plants to create their flowerbed display, with the aid of Wigan and Leigh Housing who helped fund the display.

The residents, Sue and Wilf Ford, Brian and Lesley Murnan, Adele Somerville, Phil Mortimer and Joan and Alan Harper, used the display to show a love of gardening brought them together.

Wilf Ford, chair of the group, said: “I am very proud of the what the tenants of Sussex Close Hindley have achieved, thanks needs to go to all those who helped us including Mossbank Nurseries, Amaan Pharmacy, LBS and Wigan and Leigh Housing to name a few.

“The garden we have designed and planted looks fantastic and is a sea of colours that jumps out at you from every angle.”

The group were invited by RHS to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom and Wigan and Leigh Housing provided Better Neighbourhood Funding and a car to transport the flowers and tools to Tatton.

Chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Housing Janice Barton said: “I was absolutely delighted that the group had been asked to create a display by the RHS, it is a great honour and one that they will cherish. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to support our tenants.”

Apprentices from Leigh Building Services made the planters, which the group used to create the golden ’50.’

The show is open until July 27 and 80,000 people are expected to walk through its doors.

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