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Macclesfield Groundwork Trust was established in 1983 as one of the
first Groundwork Trusts in the
In 1988 it was extended to include the neighbouring borough of
Vale Royal. Both boroughs lie within the County of Cheshire. In
2006, the borough of Congleton joined the Trust and it became
Groundwork Cheshire. Following local government review
in 2008, and the formation of 2 new unitary authorities in April
2009, Groundwork Cheshire expanded its area of operation to include
the former Crewe and Nantwich borough area, along with Chester and
Ellesmere Port. In January 2012 we extended our working area
to include Warrington, Wirral & Halton.
Our area of working is extensive and
largely rural in nature, but includes the towns of Macclesfield,
Wilmslow, Knutsford, Winsford, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port,
Congleton, Sandbach, Crewe, Nantwich and Frodsham.
Salt extraction and other industrial
processes have left their mark upon the Cheshire landscape. This
creates opportunities for regeneration and wildlife, but also
presents seemingly intractable problems through the scarcity of
financial resources to tackle dereliction.
Despite Cheshire’s leafy image, the county
contains distinct areas of social, economic, and environmental need
with several wards in amongst the top 10% of the Index of Multiple