ENTHUSIASTS who strive to make Knutsford a welcoming place to live, visit and work have received a boost.

Knutsford in Bloom is a small group of volunteers who maintain flower beds and planters in the town centre.

Volunteers look after displays at the railway station, along Princess Street and in front of the Curzon cinema.

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The group works in partnership with the town council and has seen Knutsford awarded gold in the North West in Bloom competition since 2017.

The group was founded in 2009 with a mission to make Knutsford a ‘beautiful floral town’ and encourage local sustainable planting projects.

The council has awarded a grant of £1,060 to enable the group to continue its work.

Barry Tilby, chairman of Knutsford in Bloom, said “We are grateful for the continued support from Knutsford Town Council.

“This annual grant allows us to purchase plants in order to help make the town a desirable place to live, visit and work.

“We are always looking for support so if you can spare some time, you will be made to feel very welcome.”

Volunteers have a dedicated area they each maintain.

More helpers would enable them to expand.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Knutsford in Bloom can contact Barry at barrytilby@hotmail.co.uk

Outgoing mayor Cllr Peter Coan said “The volunteers at Knutsford in Bloom do a cracking job making the town centre brighter and blooming.

“We couldn’t deliver our floriculture service without them so we’re delighted to fund the group’s work.”