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Westhoughton Allotment and Gardening Society

About the Group

Planter at Daisy Hill Station Set up in 2022, intitally the idea of the group was to bring together the local outdoor volunteer groups at work in Westhoughton to look after and take responsibility for the town centre planters and displays, which is currently subcontracted out thus saving the Town Council money and having a similar arrangement to Daisy Hill in Bloom with some funding to cover costs.

In time, the new organisation aims to take on gardening projects and maintenance tasks around the town centre and local areas, tapping into the skills of the 'green-fingered' and those able and willing to give some time to the community. Doing some good around the local environment whilst encouraging gardening, food cultivation, wildlife and nature conservation.

The first meeting took place on 21st April 2022. The group meets once a month on the 3rd Thursday (7pm) at the John Holt Centre, Birch Avenue (BL5 2NR).

Bench-Planter at Daisy Hill Station Group Aims and Objectives

  • As well as taking care of the plants and planters on Market Street, the aim is to have colourful all-year-round displays.
  • We will encourage year-on-year growth at designated sites and locations, and displays through planting to attract wildlife and nature and enhance the environment we live in.
  • We will carry out tree planting where appropriate introducing diversity and visual appeal.
  • To work across the community and generations - young people will have the chance to do some good and learn about horticulture and the importance of environmental management.
  • To promote a cleaner, greener, cared-for local environment as a safer and nicer place to live.

Speaker Programme & Events

One of the goals of the group is to share information and knowledge by bringing in 'experts' and project leaders to give talks on topics of interest.

  • Third Thursday of month from 7pm at John Holt Centre.
  • 21 April 2022 - Launch meeting.
  • 21 July 2022 - Speaker: Christopher Nightingale - Sow, Grow and Show
  • 18 August 2022 - Speaker: John Daly - Howe Bridge in Bloom
  • 15 September 2022 - Speaker: Harry Barton - The Importance of Bees
  • 17 November 2022 - Speaker: Jack Speight - Allotments
  • 15 December 2022 - Joint Christmas Party with Women of Westhoughton
  • 16 February 2023 - Speaker: Phil Broughton – Turton Tower Kitchen Garden
  • 16 March 2023 – AGM (Chair Jack Speight)
  • 20 April 2023 - Speaker: Ann Shaw – The Ancient Art of Hedgelaying
  • 18 May 2023 – Speaker: Ian MacKennon - Non-native Invasive Species
  • 15 June 2023 – Speaker: Heather Berry - Litter-picking to Forest Garden
  • 20 July 2023 – Speaker: Veronica Swinburne - Senior Solutions Allotment Project
  • 17 August 2023 – Speaker: Frank Whittaker - Ash Grove Allotments Updates
  • 21 September 2023 – Speaker: Steve Anderson - Running a Community Garden
  • 19 October 2023 – Speaker: Alison Jackson - The Big Plant (Westhoughton Town Council)
  • 16 November 2023 – No meeting - local election.
  • 21 December 2023 – Christmas Party with WOW (Women of Westhoughton).

Next Meeting

Westhoughton Allotment and Gardening Society - Speaker event 19/10//23 :: Alison Jackson - The Big Plant (Westhoughton Town Council).

Grants and Funding

It aims to reduce the money that Westhoughton Town Council pays out to private business. It will look for grant funding and sponsorship, to enable investment in the community, supporting local groups involved in leisure and outdoor activities bringing enjoyment and pleasure to all.

A £1 charge is made at meetings to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments.

Getting in Touch

Main contact: Jack Speight (Chair).

For further information call 07977 262022 or email: Westhoughton Allotment and Gardening Society.

Page last updated: 31/8/23.

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