Bentley Bridge Shopping Park – Gave £1,000 to Wednesfield in Bloom!

Last year (2016) Wednesfield entered the Heart of England in Bloom competition. We worked hard in our first competition and we won a Silver award on our very first effort!

When we come to remembering all the activities that went on in the run up to the Wednesfield in Bloom second entry this year (2017) and in the run up to this years July Inspection date. I would like to inform our Village that we received some really great financial support from the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park.

The Shopping Park is a massive and important retail site based in Wednesfield, it has a huge array of different shops, and it also has a great retail following across the City and into the region.

Aviva Investors now own the Shopping Park, they are relatively ‘new owners’ but they were quick off the mark in supporting our Village, and offered the Wednesfield in Bloom team a magnificent donation. This came in the form of a cheque for £1,000, towards the cost of providing plants for Wednesfield.

The Wednesfield ‘Bloomers’ were delighted with the brilliant donation, and the news of the financial help from Bentley Bridge Shopping Park gave all the volunteer’s an extra lift! As well as providing welcome help towards buying in some of the plants required to make Wednesfield bid for Gold feasible.

I would now like to place on record my personal thanks for the fine and brilliant way that Aviva Investors has treated Wednesfield. The Shopping Park regularly attracts between 8-10,000 visitors a week, and provides the local economy with around 500 very welcome jobs for local people!

I am delighted as is the ‘Hands on Wednesfield’ charity and their volunteers that underpins the Wednesfield in Bloom bid, for playing such a significant part in trying to make our historic Village a blooming great ‘Gold Award Village’!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more