A GARDENER who swapped accounting for agriculture is now hoping to brighten up Burtonwood.

Clair Lee has launched a fundraising page to collect donations to buy seeds, plants and other items to create floral displays in the village throughout the year.

Within seven days more than £400 had been donated to the cause by generous members of the public and businesses.

The total figure currently stands at £520.

The 44-year-old, who has lived in Burtonwood for the past 10 years, said: “It was a few years ago when I noticed the lack of flowers in the village.

“But since my career change last year it has been at the forefront of my mind.

“If you travel into neighbouring villages like Winwick they have lovely three-tier plant pots and plant boxes on the railings.

“We don’t have anything like that.”

After posting about her plans on a village community group page, Clair was inspired into action following the positive response.

The former chartered accountant is also currently putting together an application for a funding grant from Omega Warrington Ltd as well as enlisting the help of nearby nurseries to supply flowers.

Clair is also looking for volunteers to help make Burtonwood beautiful.

She said: “I have been really pleased with the support from the community and businesses so far.

“We are hoping to get started as soon as possible once the bank account has been set up."

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