VOLUNTEERS have been thanked for helping to keep the heather on the Heath at Knutsford looking its best.

Conservation volunteers took part in a work day on Tuesday, September 8 at the Heath working in the nature reserve under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

"We concentrated on trimming back gorse in the heather areas and cutting down tree saplings," said Kevin Griffiths from Friends of the Heath.

"This work will allow the heather to continue looking splendid.

"We also removed non-native False Acacia saplings from behind the Paws for Thought bench.

"I would like to thank our excellent volunteers for doing a fantastic job, and Heather from Cheshire Wildlife Trust for leading us."

A litter pick is due to take place over the weekend of September 26 and 27.

Kevin added: "The seasons are rolling on and it is time for our autumn litter pick.

"We thought things were getting back to normal, and we would be able to meet up in the usual manner for a community litter pick on a Sunday morning.

"But the Covid-19 restrictions have tightened and we now have the rule-of-six, making a group gathering impossible.

"All the same, we want to go ahead with the litter pick as scheduled. So we are proposing to run it like the previous event in June when lots of people did a bit during the weekend but at a time of their own choosing.

"We recommend that you take a stroll, with a large bin bag and gloves so you can collect what you find.

"When you have finished, you should drop your bag next to the bin near the Tabley Road – Manchester Road junction. We shall arrange for the pile of bags to be collected."

The Heath is due to play host to Gandeys Circus from March 15 to 22 next year.

For details visit gandeyscircus.com/tour-dates.html

The Heath and the Little Heath are privately owned by the Tatton Estate.