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The Moor, Knutsford – Green Flag award
Thursday 4 June 2009 was judgment day for the Moor in Knutsford. The two judges, appointed to make the assessment for the Green Flag award, visited the Moor between 10.30 and 12.30 in the morning.
We will not know the result until July but they did express very positive views about the work of the Friends of the Moor and the local community. They loved the identity created by the railings and “The Moor is one of the best parks we have seen”, said one of the judges.
Charles Watson, chairman of the Friends of the Moor, introduced members of the committee and the Mayor, Cllr Tony Want, who was able to talk about the Moor, its position at the centre of town and why it is so important to the residents of Knutsford.
Nicky Harris, 1st Knutsford Scout Group said, “the Moor is our backyard”. Amy Bishop, curator of the Heritage Centre, talked about ‘A History of the Moor’ the document produced by Joan Leach, MBE, in association with the Friends. Patricia Lee was there to show her latest unique piece of mosaic art ‘Belle’ the Fat Bird™ and spoke about the work and efforts of school children, scouts and manqrjy of the local residents in the community art project.
Mark Ambrose, from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, spoke about the mere, with its new interpretation signs, and the SSSI that borders the Moor. Cllr David Lever was on hand to explain how the Moor is an integral part of the community and how we are looking at funding for a number of projects. Local officers PC Andy Duncan and PCSO Daniel Russel, from the Knutsford’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, were on site to answer questions about community policing.
The Moor was in pristine condition due to the Herculean efforts of the maintenance teams from Cheshire East over the last few days and no doubt helped by a last minute litter pick organised by the Friends. Kathy Swindells, landscape officer from Cheshire East, who is responsible for the management plan, hosted the judges for the morning and it is her dedicated efforts that have helped to provide the residents of Knutsford with a superb recreation area here in the town centre.
And finally, a big thank-you to Jonathan at Knutsford Times who came along with camera and video equipment to record the event. As I said at our AGM I really don’t know how groups like ours would manage to get our message out to everyone without the help and support of the local media.
Knutsford’s NPT – (Neighbourhood Policing Team) can be called anytime on 0845 458 6380