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Wigan Growing Network is managed by Wigan Growing Network CIC (WGN). WGN was established in 2014 as a Community Interest Company (CIC - non-profit making business). Wigan Growing Network is active in the Wigan and Leigh area. Their main aims are:-

The aim of Wigan Growing Network is to help enable anyone and everyone in Wigan to grow their own food, anywhere from schools to housing estates, community farms to back gardens. WGN helps to connect new allotment groups with well established projects to share best practice and make the most of limited resources, whilst also providing training and advice. Through the network of allotments and people with similar aims and interests Wigan Growing Network hopes to raise the profile of allotments, making it easier for groups to acquire, develop and run new sites.

Development of the Growing Network project has come about as part of a project that was initiated by The Conservation Volunteers in partnership with Worsley Hall Community Allotment Society in 2010. The initial aim of this project was to establish a flagship community allotment in every ward in Wigan. The project is still underway now being managed by Wigan Growing Network CIC. More allotments are being developed and once more funding is in place its hoped that the original aim of the project will be realised. The initial funding that allowed the project to be established was awarded from The BIG Lottery’s Local Food scheme with match funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This funding was secured by The Conservation Volunteers Wigan office. Further funding helping to extend the bee keeping project at the site in Worsley Hall was secured in 2015 from Peoples Health Trust and Health Sustain.

Further information about Worsley Hall Community Allotment Society can be found in the projects in your area section.

Local Food has been developed by a consortium of 16 national environmental organisations, and is managed on their behalf by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, Local Food has distributed grants to a variety of food related projects to make locally grown food more accessible. Visit Local Food Website

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was established in 1961 by Ian Fairbairn as a memorial to his wife Esmée. Today it is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK and commits around £30 million annually towards a wide range of work in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully. Visit Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Website

For more information on Peoples Health Trust go to - www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk