A BENCH, shopping trolley, bikes and road cones were some of the scores of dumped items pulled out of the Moor Pool at Knutsford on Saturday.

The items were retrieved from the bottom of the pool by members of Cheshire Search and Rescue and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a major litter pick.

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Volunteers before the litter pick

Friends of the Moor, the community group which works to represent users of Knutsford’s main park, raised its 11th Green Flag before the autumn litter pick, where the Friends were joined by Knutsford Rotarians and community volunteers.

The flag was raised by Friends committee member, and Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Andrew Malloy, and his sons Adam and Luis.

The Green Flag has been awarded to the park since 2009, and the Friends celebrated with a cake baked by the Knutsford Bake Club.

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Volunteers with their haul

Volunteers tackled the key spots on the Moor, collecting seven bags of rubbish, mostly comprising empty bottles and takeaway cartons. The litter pick was supported by Cheshire Search and Rescue and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, who donned their wet suits and paddled out into the Moor Pool to dig out the lost ‘treasures’ from its depths.

The teams pulled our many road cones, a few bikes, a bench and a shopping trolley, as well as picking the floating litter on the edge of the reed beds.

Northwich Metals provided a skip to take away the buried ‘treasure’.

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Some of the dumped items

Adam Keppel-Green, chairman of Friends of the Moor said: “Firstly a big thank you to all those who joined us on the day to help keep our green space clean, especially to Cheshire SAR and Cheshire Fire and Rescue for their fantastic work clearing out some of the dumped rubbish from the Moor Pool. Many hands really did make light work.”

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A wheelbarrow is pulled out

Before undertaking the litter pick the committee spoke with users of the Moor about their views on the green space.

Adam added: “Whilst we only spoke to a handful of visitors, the overwhelming message was that everyone is happy with the space they have and really value its cleanliness, the quality of the play area and the facilities it offers.”

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The flag is raised

Friends of the Moor is keen to recruit more volunteers to its small committee to organise events such as a play day, litter picks and the bird watch and to develop plans for future improvements, such as a new trim trail.

If you are interested in serving the community and helping preserve and improve the Moor email hello@friendsofthemoor.org.uk

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A road cone is pulled out