Heart of Wigan's colourful park transformation
The Heart of Wigan artwork unveiled at Mesnes Park
The Greenheart of Wigan Borough has been transformed into a multi-coloured celebration of health thanks to new artwork.
Seven giant heart structures featuring bright designs talking about physical and mental health have taken up residence in parks across the borough.
The artwork is in place as part of The Heart of Wigan, Wigan Council's flagship public health programme, and is there to encourage people to get more active in the borough's beautiful greenspaces to improve both physical and mental health.
The designs have been created by pupils at schools across the borough with more than a thousand entries submitted before being whittled down to the winning seven designs.
The winners were invited along to see their heart designs being printed and put in place in the parks across the borough.
Daniel, one of the winners, said: "It's cool seeing my picture printed out big and looking forward to seeing it with my friends in the park."
Gracie, aged 11, who also designed one of the hearts, added: "I feel very proud to have been chosen. I chose the design to represent sport to encourage people to be more active. Being active helps your heart and keeps you fit."
Each heart has a one-mile route taking in the stunning structure as an easy way to take those first steps towards healthier living.
Those completing the mile walks around each one can also enter a competition running up until the end of the October half term by revealing the word which is made up of a hidden letter on each heart.
Competition winners will get the chance to win a range of fun activities including adventure golf and High Rope adventures at Haigh Hall as well as swimming passes from Inspiring healthy lifestyles.
The new heart structures are in pride of place at the following parks:
- Mesnes Park
- Pennington Flashes
- Golborne Park
- Haigh Woodland Park
- Three Sisters
- Lilford Park
Councillor Jenny Bullen, one of the competition judges, said: "There are clearly so many talented young people across Wigan Borough judging by the calibre of entries we had and it was very difficult to pick the eventual winners. It is fantastic to see their messages of healthy living going on display and young people being involved in the Heart of Wigan by encouraging people to think about getting out and active and taking in their positive messages."
Councillor Keith Cunliffe, portfolio holder for adult social care and health, added: "The Heart of Wigan has so far made great strides in helping people to look after their own health. There are so many simple steps people can take to look after their heart health and being more active is one of those. These new artworks being launched during Wellfest show our continuing commitment to offering everyone the chance to make these lifestyle changes really easy and engaging and I'd encourage everyone to get out and see these beautiful artworks in place."
Posted on Wednesday 13th September 2017