Rochdale AFC and Rochdale Hornets would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped transform the area of land at the back of the Crown Oil Arena's Sandy Lane Stand into the fantastic Wonder Wall.
Special thanks must go to Gordon Riggs Garden Centre who donated over £1,000 of plants and Green Cloud IT who paid for £500 worth of top soil.
Thanks also to Roy Down, Rochdale In Bloom Vice Chairman, and Paul Ellison who both organised the planting event, and Councillors Peter Winkler, Wendy Cocks, Cecile & Surinder Biant and Billy Sheerin who all came down to show their support, as well as Rochdale Town Centre Manager Mark Foxley, the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers and everybody else who turned up to either donate plants or help with the digging, raking and planting.
Frances Fielding, Dale’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “It was a brilliant day. We were very lucky with the weather and it was incredible to see everybody working together to transform the site.
“I am very proud of what everybody achieved, and on behalf of Adam Bates (Rochdale Hornets Chief Executive) and Roy Down (Rochdale In Bloom Vice Chairman), we would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who made this happen. We had volunteers from as young as 7 up to people in their 70s.
“The Wonder Wall looks amazing and we’ve got just over a month before the judges arrive so there's plenty of time for the plants to establish. We would like to make this an annual event and ensure the site is kept well maintained in the future.”
The Rochdale Wonder Wall will enter the North West In Bloom competition and also form part of the Rochdale Township entry. The judges will be coming on 31st July and the Wonder Wall will be judged in its own right as a community project. No other EFL / Rugby club is represented in the 2017 In Bloom competition so it is a real first for Rochdale!