A NORTHWICH rugby club has transformed a wooded area on part of its land to create a 'tranquil' space for the community.

Winnington Park Rugby Club teamed up with their neighbour Ecolab UK to create a nature trail complete with vegetable boxes and a picnic area.

The trail, which runs between the club and Ecolab's Burrows Hill offices, is open to children and adults using Winnington Park's facilities as well staff on their lunch breaks.

The project received help from Petty Pool College in Sandiway, whose students helped to design the nature trail, vegetable planters, bug hotels and bird boxes.

Local members of Men in Sheds, a national group to help men over 50 come together to socialise and share skills, were on hand to build benches and to provide practical support.

The idea to make use of the wooded area for the club community and Ecolab staff came from Winnington Park vice-chairman Dave Snasdell.

Dave said: "Ecolab have been a great supporter within the local community, and this project continues to enhance this collaboration, supporting other groups to get involved in activities and enhancing community spaces.

"We are not just a rugby-focused club. We want our facilities to be used by all in the community, and this project will be enjoyed by all for many years to come as the area is developed.

"The club would also like to extend a special thank you to Chris Sheppard, our under-18s coach, who got stuck in to so much of the groundwork."