Facelift turns Chorley eyesore into beauty spot

DIGGING IN: Chorley Healey Scout Group at the former 'grot spot' area off Wright Street, Chorley, which they are turning into a new wildflower garden.

DIGGING IN: Chorley Healey Scout Group at the former 'grot spot' area off Wright Street, Chorley, which they are turning into a new wildflower garden.

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The final part of the transformation of a ‘grot spot’ - set to become a new wildflower garden - has taken place.

Green-fingered scouts, aged six to 14, got together for a day of seed sewing on a small patch of land off Wright Street in Chorley on Friday.

The scout group really did work very hard on this project. As the area lies within yards of a primary school, a nursery and our scout hut, it is accessible to a lot of children.

Bryan Cocker

Last summer Chorley Healey Scout Group, as part of Scout Community Week, set about improving the area of land outside their scout hut that had for years been used as a litter dump and dog toilet.

They cleared weeds more than five feet tall and all the dumped rubbish, including building rubble. They turned over the soil and planted bulbs, seeds and plants, most of which had been supplied by Chorley Council.

They laid plastic sheeting to stop unwanted weeds. Apart from a little weeding, the site was to be left untouched, awaiting spring.

But before then a dog owner was fined heavily for allowing their pet to foul the area, leading the council to designate the area a ‘grot spot’.

The authority put some resources into the area and with the co-operation and consent of the scout group, rotovated it and placed a boundary fence around the plot.

And with the help of the children, they sewed seeds to turn it into a wild flower garden. The children also designed posters warning people not to litter or allow their dogs to foul the area.

Bryan Cocker, assistant scout leader, said: “The scout group really did work very hard on this project. As the area lies within yards of a primary school, a nursery and our scout hut, it is accessible to a lot of children. We and the council feel that it is a very worthwhile project.”