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Welcome Planters are In Bloom

Knutsford is in full bloom with a new welcome for visitors.

Large wooden planters have now been set around the ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ signs in Northwich Road, Knutsford Road and Chelford Road.

A smaller hanging planter is also on display on the Toft Road entry sign as part of the town’s submission for the North West in Bloom competition.

RHS judges were in Knutsford on 18th July to assess the town in the categories of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement for its entry.

Over the past two years Knutsford has won gold at North West in Bloom thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who maintain planters and beds around the town. Their efforts are supported by the Town Ranger, ANSA Environmental Services (Cheshire East) and the Town Council.

This year the judges were greeted by some traditional Knutsford street sanding at the council offices before embarking on a tour which took in Sparrow Lane allotments, Bexton Primary School’s garden and the floral displays in the town centre. Along the way the judges met volunteers from Friends of the Heath, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford in Bloom, Knutsford Heritage Centre garden volunteers and Town Ranger Bob Garner to talk about their contributions to the ‘In Bloom’ campaign.

The ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ flowers, planted by sponsor T & S Riley, will be replanted to bloom throughout the seasons and watered by the Town Ranger.

The Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Pete Coan, said ‘’I would personally like to thank all the residents and businesses who worked so hard to make the town look splendid. It really does make such a difference to see the town coming together, yet again to show off their civic pride’’

Cllrs and Power and Coan watering the Northwich Road planter before the judges arrive

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Knutsford gets Gold

Knutsford has been awarded ‘gold’ in the RHS North West in Bloom competition for a second year running. Spearheaded by community group Knutsford in Bloom, this follows the Town achieving Silver Gilt from 2010-2015.

Knutsford also won the North West in Bloom “Best Commercial Effort” award for its incredible business displays as part of RHS Tatton. At the earlier It’s Your Neighbourhood awards Knutsford won two Outstanding awards for the Longridge & Shaw Heath in Bloom projects and resident Jean Vann’s allotments at Sparrow Lane!

Yvonne Bancroft, Knutsford in Bloom chairman, said: “The Gold award is not just about flower displays, but also the community doing things together. Knutsford has so many voluntary organisations and all these things do contribute.”

Deputy Chairman of Knutsford Town Council’s Environment Committee, Cllr James Power said “A massive thank you must go to all the dedicated volunteers; it is blooming marvellous that we have been awarded Gold by the judges”.

2018 sees Knutsford Town Council increasing its involvement in the In Bloom competitions as it takes on responsibility for the hanging baskets, barrier planters and competition entry.

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