Gardening volunteers from Mid Cheshire are celebrating after achieving success in the North West in Bloom awards which were held in Southport at the beginning of November.

The Butterfly Garden and Cheshire Buddleia Collection, based at the Lion Salt Works, was entered in to the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” category as part of the town’s overall entry in to the North West in Bloom competition which was organised by the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID).

The garden, which is run completely by volunteers, reached Level 4 with judges describing it as thriving.

Going forward the green-fingered helpers will be aiming for the top award of Level 5, taking on-board the judges’ comments to make the necessary additions to take the garden to the next level.

Garden volunteer Jill was on hand to receive the award and said: “We can’t wait to get stuck in for next year and go that extra mile to try and secure the top marks we need for Outstanding.”

Free to the public, The Butterfly Garden and Buddleia Collection is located within the grounds of the award-winning Lion Salt Works museum and has been created to promote planting ideas to attract butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects into gardens.

The recognition given to the garden makes it a great month for Northwich after the town secured the Silver Gilt in both the Best Large Town and Business Improvement District (BID) categories, while Kingsmead Primary School bagged the Environmental Award for Schools.

Commenting on the awards success for the town, Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough remarked: “It’s great to see Northwich doing so well across the board in these awards and it is testament to all of the different organisations and volunteers who have worked so hard over the past few months.

“Alongside our partners we will continue to strive towards the Gold award for Northwich next year and we have already started planning for 2020.”