Spotland & Falinge getting ‘In Bloom’ for 2018

Date published: 03 November 2017

Spotland & Falinge ward are getting ‘In Bloom’ following a community meeting on Monday 30 October.

The meeting was arranged by Philip Massey, Chairman of Spotland & Falinge Area Forum, to discuss how to encourage more residents from the Ward to get involved with In Bloom projects, and to discuss ways to use money provided by the area forum to make improvements.

There was interest expressed by Rooley Moor Neighborhood Forum, in getting a project together in Catley Lane Head.

Faisal Rana, a local business man, will coordinate further improvements on Spotland Road for 2018, in association with Spotland Road businesses.

This is on the back of planters provided by the Area Forum and new trees provided by Ward councillors' funds earlier this year.

Improvements to the entrance to Greave, Cutgate Shopping area and Spotland Bridge were discussed, and two Spotland residents introduced their biodiversity project off Bridge Fold Road which has already attracted significant numbers of rare insects, butterflies and other wildlife. Plans for a wildflower meadow, and walking path near Spotland Library were also considered.

News was shared that the Co-op on Rooley Moor Road wants to sponsor a project, and other sponsors for the contest were discussed.

Mr Massey stated that the meeting was “very successful”, and was “thrilled that the Ward was able to consider so many significant projects that could feature in the competition”.  

He continued: “The displays across Rochdale Township look fantastic, and are enjoyed by thousands of people every day. The In Bloom committee have worked solidly for many years to engage local people in their projects, and we are benefitting in Spotland & Falinge from their support, knowledge and guidance.”

He added: “You win this competition just by taking part. Collecting an award is a huge bonus, but the boost to the local community from these projects is the biggest prize. Getting people together to improve their Neighbourhood is what it is all about.

Commenting on the latest developments, Nigel Morrell, Chairman of Rochdale In Bloom, said: "We are delighted to welcome a new group of enthusiastic volunteers and supporters to the Rochdale In Bloom family, we look forward to seeing new projects for 2018."

Spotland & Falinge Ward Councillor Wendy Cocks added: “The joy of Spotland & Falinge In Bloom for me is working with people to make our community an even more beautiful place. I am looking forward to the new planting next year and meeting new people too.”

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact Philip Massey on 07484 296150.

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