One of Widnes's oldest buildings has received a brand new look for its garden thanks to church volunteers who have worked to encourage more people to visit and enjoy its grounds.
Grade II listed St. Luke's Church in Farnworth, built in the 12th century, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the North West.
Volunteers from the church carried out a six-month quest to give its extensive gardens a green makeover, working with the Territorial Army to remove brambles and rubble, rebuilding much of the church's sandstone wall, making the gardens' footpaths fully accessible and creating a wildflower meadow which was in glorious bloom this summer.
Castlefields schoolchildren are learning Shakespeare in the woods thanks to a new educational zone in the Park's woodlands.
Woodland management work tidied up the educational area (with the resulting wood chippings recycled as path surfacing), and a sculpted 'storypole' now acts as a totem pole-like centre-piece for school lessons. A path running through the Park's woodlands has been created, and wooden seating for the education zone is being planned with Halton Borough Council's Landscape Services Division.
Both projects have been coordinated by The Mersey Forest and funded through the Landfill Communities Fund by Runcorn-based chemical manufacturer INEOS ChlorVinyls.