TRIBUTES have been paid to a community campaigner who put himself at the heart of a Timperley neighbourhood.

Harry Jones, who was chairman of Broomwood Open Spaces (BOSS) since it began more than 10 years ago, has died aged 77 after a long battle with cancer.

Friends and colleagues at BOSS have remembered the activist, who could often be seen litter picking around the area and was responsible for a number of improvements locally.

Not only did he help to upgrade the gardens beside the G-Force Cafe, creating flowers beds and a seating area, but he also helped to brighten up beds at the end of Mainwood Road and Brooks Drive.

Harry could be frequently be seen on his sit-on lawnmower, tending to horticultural tasks. Unfortunately the mower was stolen earlier this year.

Paul Huxley, chief executive of the charity G-Force, has led the praise for Harry, who died on August 11.

Mr Huxley said: "Everybody who knew Harry said he was a lovely family man who also cared very much for his community. He never did things by halves and you could always rely on Harry for help, advice and always to do a great job.

"I know we at G-Force will miss him greatly as will many people on Broomwood who owe him a great debt of gratitude for all he has done for our community."

He leaves behind a loving family, especially his wife of 53 years Elaine and his grand-daughter Lucy, whom he was said to dote upon.

Mr Huxley said their "thoughts and prayers" went out to Elaine and Lucy.