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What’s the story? Spotland Wonderwall is a green oasis

19 June 2018

Volunteers working on the wall.

We don’t believe that anybody feels the way we do about the volunteers who joined forces to plant the new ‘Wonderwall’ at Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena.

All the roads that lead to the Wonderwall are winding but they now feature a spectacular floral display created by people who gave up their own time.

You’re our Wonderwall

The wall was a tired-looking structure in Sandy Lane until the Rochdale In Bloom group took it under their wing last year and began to plant floral features on top of the wall outside Spotland stadium.

The Wonderwall near Rochdale AFC and Rochdale Hornets’ home is now a green oasis and is becoming smash hit in the annual In Bloom calendar. Winner of the best new feature for the 2017 In Bloom contest, the Wonderwall will take pride of place in this year’s round of judging for three competitions.

As well as the North West In Bloom competition and the Rochdale township entry, it will also feature in the 2018 Britain In Bloom entry, Rochdale's first ever entry into the national competition.

Community spirit

Crown Oil and Gordon Riggs Garden Centre clubbed together to donate £2500 of plants, with Recycle for Greater Manchester providing the compost needed for the display.

More than 20 volunteers came out to support the effort by rolling up their sleeves and pitching in planting over 8000 plants on top of the 7 foot high structure.

Vice chair of Rochdale In Bloom and event planner, Roy Down said: “The response the Wonderwall gets from visiting fans to the Crown Oil Arena is amazing. We are the only English Football League club with this kind of community project."

Our cabinet member for environment, Councillor Neil Emmott, said: “There are many things that we would like to say to the volunteers who help make this a real community project. It’s a huge operation with businesses, residents and the council all chipping in to transform the borough into a cleaner and greener environment. We’ve seen volunteers of all ages helping out on the display, some as young as 4-years-old.”

This year, the Revive compost that’s been used on the Wonderwall has been donated by Recycle for Greater Manchester. It is produced from the food and garden waste residents put in their brown bins by a composting facility in Greater Manchester.

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