Local Bilston MP & Midcounties improve St Leonard's Church Garden
Published 26 Jul 2019 in Community
Twelve green-fingered colleagues from The Midcounties Co-operative were joined by local MP Pat McFadden to spruce up the garden at St Leonard's Church in Bilston, as part of a national gardening competition.
Mr McFadden, who represents Wolverhampton South East, helped the volunteers to plant new flowerbeds and clear litter and leaves that had amassed around the perimeter of the church. The area will become a peaceful green oasis in the heart of Bilston, which local residents can visit all year round.
The preparations took place to support Bilston’s entry into the Britain in Bloom competition. The competition, which takes place annually, sees groups from sixteen regions across the UK use their horticultural skills to create inspiring green spaces in their local community.
The activity formed part of this year’s Co-op Fortnight (24 June – 7 July) activity, throughout which The Midcounties Co-operative is celebrating mass acts of co-operation, where co-operatives and local communities come together to make a big difference to society.
Emma Pile, Leadership Team Ambassador for Wolverhampton at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Green spaces can have a huge impact of the overall appearance of an area. We hope that the work we have done at St Leonard's will provide a lift to the local community, particularly over the summer months.
“We are committed to making a positive difference within the communities in which we operate and look forward to exploring other ways we can work with the local community to have a positive impact in Bilston.”
Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East, said: “Preparing the garden at St Leonard's for Britain in Bloom is about so much more than just the competition; we want to create something that the whole community can enjoy and be proud of for years to come.
“The contribution of the Midcounties team has been instrumental in getting this project off the ground, and we look forward to welcoming the judges to see what we have achieved with their support.”