A £50,000 grant from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) has brought huge improvements for visitors to Collier Moss in St Helens.
The funding has enabled The Mersey Forest Team, on behalf of the Community Forest Trust, to create and clear more footpaths, deal with poor drainage and refurbish the ampitheatre area, bringing it back into use after years of neglect.
Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest, said: "CETB's continued support for the project has allowed us to work with local people to breathe life back into the site. As well as improving access, the revamped footpaths will form the route for a new Junior Parkrun event, allowing children aged between 4 and 14 to get involved in a free two kilometre run every Sunday. We are now looking at new ideas to use the restored ampitheatre area for music, performance and the arts."
Angela Haymonds, CETB Trust Secretary, said: "The Trustees are delighted to have been able to provide the Community Forest Trust with a grant. We love being able to support worthwhile community projects, and we hope that the improvements at Colliers Moss will go a long way towards encouraging more people to get involved with sport and exercise, as well as enabling them to meet new people and make new friends."