A remembrance garden is to be restored to its former glory under plans.

The maintenance of the Remembrance Gardens in Horwich was highlighted at a recent council meeting by Cllr Ryan Bamforth for Horwich and Blackrod First Independents.

The annual service of remembrance takes place  at the gardens on Lever Park Avenue.

Cllr Bamforth said the grounds needed extensive maintenance repair on a regular basis, calling the current care ‘disgraceful.’

Cllr Victoria Rigby alongside Cllr Bamforth, visited the grounds last week with Bolton Council officers and a plan of action is now being putting together to see the site restored.

Some of the issues  say councillors include uncut grass, trees not being pruned and the lack of flowerbeds.

Cllr Rigby said: “Following Cllr Ryan Bamforth’s question in council regarding the quality of maintenance to the Remembrance Gardens in Horwich, myself, Cllr Bamforth and several other ward and town councillors have met with Bolton Council officers to discuss the future plans for the area.

“Personally, I have been very impressed with the response from the officers.

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“They have met with us twice this month and at the first meeting, we showed them around the Remembrance Gardens and highlighted the problems, such as the grass not being mowed, the verge slowly becoming an overgrown jungle, and the lack of flowerbeds.”

Less than two weeks after the meeting, the councillors met with one of the officers again and  a specialist who discussed what could be done to clear up the mess on the verge while retaining the dry-stone wall and some of the healthier ferns.

Cllr Rigby said: “Whilst the work that needs to be done is going to take some time as we are heading into winter and this is not ideal for outdoor maintenance, I am hopeful that soon we will see some progress made and the gardens will be maintained to the high standard that they deserve.”

Cllr David Grant for the Horwich and Blackrod First Independents spoke about the issue in August this year, suggesting the council cut the grass badly and were more concerned with other places like Queen’s Park.