In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday the Knutsford Town Council Events Committee have planted an oak tree at Higher Town Green, on Chelford Rd. The tree was dedicated to the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE KStJ in a ceremony on 21st April, the date of the Queen’s actual 90th Birthday.
Cllr Tony Dean planting the Tree
The Tree was planted by the Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean who said “It was a delight to plant the Tree in the Queen’s honour to recognise her many years of public service. I hope I live to 90!”
The Events Committee considered numerous locations in the Town for the oak tree to be planted and took advice from Barletts Tree Experts to ensure that the location chosen was suitable and most likely to allow the tree to remain and prosper, continuing to mark the occasion in the Town for hundreds of years.
Cllr Andrew Malloy, Chairman of the Council Events Committee commented “the Committee wanted to recognise this significant birthday of our Monarch and thought the planting of an oak tree was an appropriate and lasting way to do so.”
In addition the Town Council have produced a Street Party Guide to help Knutsford residents plan parties to celebrate the auspicious occasion across the weekend of 11th/12th June 2016, when the Queen will celebrate her official 90th birthday and the Patron’s Lunch will take place on the Mall. Cllr Malloy added “A street party is a great opportunity to engage with your neighbours and celebrate this national event together. We hope this guide makes organising a street party easier for the Town’s residents.”
The Street Party Guide can be downloaded here: Street Party Guide.
The third asset transfer from Cheshire East Council to Knutsford Town Council has now completed with two allotment sites now under Town Council control.
Paul Howard with Cllr Tony Dean at the Warren Avenue Allotments
The Allotments at Sparrow Lane and Warren Avenue have been transferred through a 125 year lease to the Town Council; this follows the freehold transfer of public toilets and markets.
Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean said “I am delighted to see the third asset transfer complete and the Council looks forward to working with the Allotment Society on improving these Allotments. It is great to see there is such a demand for allotments in Knutsford.”
The Town Council will be working closely with the Allotment Society to improve facilities at the two sites and promote the allotments to residents. After a small investment to improve the sites from the town council the allotments will cover their own costs with all money generated through allotment rents being invested back into the two sites.
Chairman of the Allotment Society, Paul Howard said “Knutsford Allotment Society is looking forward to working with its new landlords, Knutsford Town Council, in continuing to manage its allotment gardens at Warren Avenue and Sparrow Lane. The Society will also be seeking, in partnership with Knutsford Town Council, to enhance allotment provision in Knutsford & to improve the existing sites. Any Knutsford resident who wishes to join the current waiting list for an allotment should visit the Knutsford Town Council website for details”
The Town Council is now working towards to the transfer of the Town Council Offices and three areas of public open space.