School children in Newton-le-Willows now have a great new place to learn about the local environment, following the completion of regeneration projects in two local parks.
A previously overgrown and under-used pond in Willow Park as well as a stream in Mesnes Park have both received a green makeover thanks to funding secured by The Mersey Forest from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain via the Landfill Communities Fund.
Now the two parks are being used by local schools to educate children about water habitats.
Trainees from St.Helens Chamber teamed up with the St.Helens Council Ranger Service and The Conservation Volunteers to make the improvements to the parks.
David Leonard of the Cory Environmental Trust in Britain said: "It's great to see more children using the site to learn about local wildlife. We are pleased that we have been able to develop natural areas for them to enjoy."
Kevin Rapson of the St.Helens Council Ranger Service said: "It has been a pleasure to work with local trainees to contribute to the improvement of a space which will benefit both local wildlife and the general public."
Gennie Hyde, Head of Education at Wargrave Special School, said: "Making sure that children spend enough time outdoors is a hot topic at the moment.
"The newly regenerated park allows us to combine learning about the local environment with spending that much needed time out in the open."
If you are interested in teaching a class at either of these sites, please contact St.Helens Council Ranger Service on 01925 229021.