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Knutsford Cemetery achieves Green Flag

Knutsford Town Council is celebrating as Knutsford Cemetery has received the prestigious Green Flag Award, an international quality mark for the management of parks and green spaces.

Responsibility for the cemetery transferred to Knutsford Town Council in January 2020 and since then it has worked to improve the quality of management of the cemetery and bereavement services, receiving numerous compliments from visitors who recognise the investment and attention the cemetery is now receiving. 

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

“Attaining the award is testament to the quality of management the Town Council has instigated, through our cemetery working group, since we took back its operation two years ago. The award particularly recognises the work of our Cemetery Groundskeeper, Fergal Owens, who has worked incredibly hard to improve the quality of grounds maintenance and our Planning and Facilities Officer Bob Allen who has put in place strong management practices” said Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Houghton.

The council will be continuing to improve the cemetery and deliver on its new five-year management plan. The council is currently creating a new cremation garden and later this year will be improving the entranceway to the cemetery, over the coming years it will create additional flowerbeds, install cycle parking and develop its customer engagement.

Knutsford Cemetery is the third green space in Knutsford to be awarded the Green Flag, joining Cheshire East managed areas The Moor and Tatton Park.

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Knutsford Food & Drink Festival 2022

Foodies unite as a new food and drink festival is coming to Knutsford this summer!

 

Knutsford Food & Drink Festival will make its inaugural appearance on Saturday 13th August, bringing a variety of food and drink related activities together for one day across Knutsford.

 

Visitors can expect taster sessions and masterclasses as well as promotions across bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs in the town. A special Taste Knutsford walking food tour will be held on the day to give guests a real taste of Knutsford hospitality.

 

An indoor market will be held in St John’s Church on Church Hill from 11am – 5pm, offering the finest local food and drink products including speciality bakes, cheeses, pies, bottled wines and other artisan products.

 

An outdoor market will run on Silk Mill Street from 12-7pm, featuring an array of local street food traders, including Mexican, sausages, southern BBQ, pizza, Thai and more, as well as dessert offerings such as warm cookies, churros and crepes, plus a selection of local beer, wine and cocktails. The outdoor market will feature a seating area as well as a small stage with entertainment featuring local talent.

 

King Street will turn alfresco in the evening with the return of the al fresco dining event ‘head out not home’ where hospitality traders in the town bring dining onto the streets of Knutsford to continue the festivities. Princess Street and Minshull Street will have set things off the night before.

 

Events Officer at Knutsford Town Council, Alex Brown, said: “We are really excited to bring the first food and drink festival to Knutsford this summer. Knutsford is home to a fantastic selection of hospitality businesses and traders, and we hope this event will showcase and support this important trade which has faced hard times over the last couple of years.”

 

To find out more about the festival, visit www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or email enquiries@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk, or alternatively you can call 01565 653 929.

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Workshops held to inform Strategic Plan

Knutsford Town Council hosted five workshops last week as part of creating its new 10 year strategy.

Three sessions were held at Egerton Place in the town centre and one at the Welcome Café on Longridge.  The Town Council also ensured it heard from the younger members of the community by delivering a session to a class of year 9 students at the Knutsford Academy and they were joined by a few year 12s too.

The Town Council is developing a new 10-year strategy to guide its work and until 5th August is running an open consultation to hear from the community what it wants to see the council do to better serve Knutsford.

“We’re keen to understand what the community wants to see change over next ten years so we can work to help deliver that change for the town” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

The council’s next workshop is being held online via Zoom next Thursday (14th July). Residents can register to join it via the council website at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/strategicplan.

The website also hosts a short survey which replicates the format of the workshops – including a short introductory video. The survey is open until 5th August.

“Our aim is to hear from as many residents as possible over the next few weeks” Adam added.

All feedback from residents is encouraged and the council also invites residents to send their views in via letter or email to the Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA or townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

“The more people that come forward to tell us what is important to them, what they want to see more of or less of in the town – no matter how small or grand – will help us shape our pan in the knowledge we’re meeting our resident’s needs” Adam said.