RUNCORN teachers and volunteers are celebrating the success of a lasting legacy.

The Woodland Trust’s woodland communities project has encouraged thousands of children and adults to explore their local woods.

Tim Kirwan, former Woodland Trust site manager for Cheshire and Merseyside suggested revitalising the way urban woodland was managed and used.

The Big Lottery Fund provided innovative training sessions and outdoor fun events to change people’s perception towards the woodland.

Teachers and commnunity groups have kept the project alive with outdoor lessons.

Murdishaw nature detectives were launched to capture children’s imagination.

Tim, who now works as a consultant and runs bushcraft outings, said: “I hope that the legacy of this project will continue through the groups and the children and teachers who have been involved and that the woodland will continue to play an important role in the lives of local people.”