With a small grant from the Great Big Green Week, we’re delighted to be coordinating a week of green action in Knutsford.
Working in partnership with some of our great community Friends groups, over the course of 9 days you can:
- Convert a shady green into a wildflower meadow with the Town Ranger
- Create Knutsford’s fourth native wildflower meadow with Cheshire Wildlife Trust
- Help out in four litterpicks to ensure our green spaces aren’t polluted
- Discover what it’s like to have an allotment
- Help create an action plan for how the town can tackle climate change
- Sign up to take part in the Big Bulb Plant 2022
As part of our Nature Action Plan we have already created two wildflower meadows and our friends at Crosstown Community Orchard created a third. Thanks to the grant from the Great Big Green Week Knutsford will soon have two more and we need you to help out.
Sparrow Lane – Mini Meadow
We’ll be converting a patch of shady grass into a thriving meadowland with an assorted seed mix including Garlic Mustard, Betony, Wild Angelica, Wood Sage and Red Campion. We’ll also be sowing some bluebell bulbs.
Join the Town Ranger at 11am on Thursday 29th September – meeting at the patch of green near Delmar Road.
Ladies Mile – Native Wildflower Meadow
With thanks to Tatton Estates for their permission, we’ll be sowing a locally sourced wildflower mix with Cheshire Wildlife Trust. CWT harvest the seed from existing Cheshire meadows, this will match the meadows at the orchard, St John’s Wood and the Barncroft.
Join Adam Linett from Cheshire Wildlife Trust on Ladies Mile on Friday 30th September at 1pm.
Crosstown Community Orchard are also planting bulbs in their meadow – wild daffodil and crocus – which will bloom and die back before the first meadow flowers bloom. Join them on Sunday 25th September from 10am to lend a hand.
There are four litterpicks taking place in Knutsford during the Great Big Green Week. Many hands make light work, so if you can spare an hour to join them please do!
Town Ranger Bob is leading a litterpick of Dog Wood from the Moor to the gate to Tatton Park. Meet at the Moor end of the wood on Wednesday 28th September at 1pm
Join Friends of the Moor as they raise the Green Flag and undertake a litterpick of the Moor and Barncroft on Saturday 1st October at 2pm.
Friends of the Heath are litterpicking the Heath on Sunday 2nd October at 11am.
Friends of College Wood will be undertaking a litterpick of the wood on Sunday 2nd October - time tbc
The main event of the week is a Community Climate Conversation where volunteers from Save our Shropshire are travelling to Knutsford to present on what we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint leading to a discussion on what Knutsford can do as a community to tackle Climate Change.
The output of discussions from the event will help shape a community climate action plan which will aim to bring the council, business and wider community together for joint climate action.
This takes place on Sunday 2nd October at 2pm in St John’s Church.
Do you fancy growing your own? Have you wondered if you have the time to take on an allotment? Wonder no more and attend a tour of the Warren Avenue allotments with Knutsford Allotment Society’s Joe Godden.
Joe will show you one of Knutsford’s three allotment sites, talk you through the challenges and rewards of allotmenteering and answer your questions. He’ll also advise on how to go about getting your own allotment plot and the current waiting list times.
The tour takes place on Saturday 1st October at 3pm and is limited to 20 people, book your space here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/warren-avenue-allotment-tour-tickets-424033504627
The Knutsford Big Bulb Plant 2022
Last year the community organised 24 bulb planting events, bringing spring blooms to greens across the town from Grove Park to Mansion Drive and from Queensway to Overfields. They’ll improve year on year as the bulbs develop.
It’s now time for round two. Once again we’re calling on the community to come forward and host their own bulb planting events on green spaces near them. Find out more and sign up here: Big Bulb Plant