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Wigan Goes Dutch
Wednesday 23rd March, 2005

Wigan Goes Dutch
Dutch Masters: Flower king Peter Lubbe (left) admires the town centre blooms with WLCT Parks and Open Spaces Officer Brian Horrobin and Street Scene Co–ordinator Paul Dandy.

Wigan’s going double Dutch by welcoming back Holland’s favourite export — flower expert Peter Lubbe.

Mr Lubbe is a master bulb grower from the famous agricultural town of Lisse. Last year he supervised the planting of half–a–million crocus and daffodils around the borough. This year he’s back to add more colour to our streets.

Mr Lubbe and his specialist planting machine will once again be working with Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, Wigan Council, Wigan Rotary Club and the Youth Offending Team. He said:

“Our family business has been supplying and planting bulbs in Dutch towns for more than 50 years. Holland is famous for its displays of spring bulbs and our people take great pride in their towns and cities.”

“Now, as we add colour and spring freshness to Wigan Borough, I hope the people will enjoy the flowers and feel happy and proud of their towns.”

A massive effort to ‘green’ the borough has so far seen dozens of trees and more than 1.5m bulbs planted. New blooms this year can be seen at St Marie’s, Standish, Marylebone Park and Montrose Avenue. Next is Leigh’s turn with a plan to plant masses more bulbs.

Council Street Scene boss Paul Dandy said:

“Bulbs are a relatively cheap way to add spring colour because they grow year after year and need very little maintenance. We’d like to thank everyone for joining in, especially the volunteers from the township forums, schools and the Wigan Soroptomists.”

Mr Dandy added:

“The Street Scene team wants to hear what residents think about this fresh approach to improving our streets. Please drop us a line and let us know what your opinion is or any good ideas you might have.”

Write to: The Street Scene Team, New Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1RP.

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