Can you help with Wigan Road Community Project?

Can you give an hour or two to help improve a small piece of landscaping on Wigan Road in Ormskirk (pictured here) this spring? That’s the call that’s gone out this week to local residents.

The project has been initiated by ward councillor, Adrian Owens who last year coordinated a project to paint the railings at Ormskirk Church of England School on Greetby Hill.

Adrian said, “This year I wanted a project that might bring students and the permanent community of Ormskirk together to work jointly on improving an area. As a lot of students live in Wigan Road, and it’s a main thoroughfare with highly visible landscaping, it seemed a good choice. I’ve informally consulted local residents and the responses received have welcomed the project.”

The project already includes Edge Hill Students Union and Midstream, the Skelmersdale social enterprise for adults with learning difficulties. It has received funding from the Borough Council’s Community Chest as well as financial support from Adrian.

Jess Martin from Edge Hill Students’ Union said, “Students from Edge Hill are involved in hundreds of hours of volunteer activity every year. So when Councillor Owens approached us about this project we were keen to get involved and make a positive impact in this part of town. We will be working to recruit student volunteers for the project.”

Midstream will devise the planting scheme for the project and provide the plants, and their trainees will assist with the landscaping, alongside the community and student volunteers. Mark Saxon, Operations Manager at Midstream said, “The project will involve preparing the land by digging and then planting larger types of flowering evergreen, with variegated leaves for year round colour such as Rhododendrons and Photinia along with both spring and autumn flowering bulbs. This is a great project involving residents and students and Midstream is very pleased to be involved.”

Adrian concluded by asking anyone who was interested in volunteering for the project which will take place on 19th and 20th April (26th and 27th in reserve in case of poor weather) to contact him on 01257 464813 or by email at

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