AN award-winning community gardening group is gearing up for a host of exciting new projects.

Altrincham in Bloom was launched in 2014 and is run entirely by volunteers.

The group is encouraging members of the public to join them in engaging with the natural world as part of the upcoming National Gardening Week, as well as appealing for new members.

National Gardening Week, between April 30 and May 6, is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to encourage more people to take part in gardening.

Chairwoman Sarah Walmsley said: “In the past, councils have taken the responsibility for creating floral displays but today they just do not have the budget for that.

“There are about 300,000 people involved in community gardening across the country.

"We work really hard to engage the community, through competitions, encouraging people to appreciate the beautiful gardens and to take pride in our green spaces.

"We have made a significant contribution to the town but there is so much more to do and we cannot possibly achieve it all without extra help."

There are currently seven team members, four of whom have full-time jobs and three of whom are retired, who are trying to prepare the town ahead of the North West in Bloom competitions.

The group has undertaken several projects over the past four years, including creating a living wall, beautifying the Four Seasons Walkway and cultivating Shaw's Green, at the junction of Stamford Street and Barrington Road.

In June, they will also be installing a £4,000 display featuring four two-metre high fountain planters at the gateway to the town, outside Altrincham Interchange to bring colour and cheer to passers-by.

They are also looking for volunteers who can help design some new planters for the town centre.

Their hard work has been recognised with a haul of gold awards from the RHS North West in Bloom competitions plus a silver gilt award at the Britain in Bloom UK finals.

In preparation for this year's competition, Altrincham in Bloom has chosen a rainbow theme for its displays — to represent diversity and inclusion.

To get involved, email