A MAN who twice nearly died from cancer wants to use his health insurance payout to build a £300,000 rural youth centre.
Simon Harding, who owns Broomheath Plantation in Stapleford, near Tarvin, wants to build a visitors' centre for use by youth groups, scouts and schools.
It would provide youngsters with an outdoor base to camp, play and learn, while surrounded by growing trees and countryside.
Surgeons have saved Mr Harding's life twice - removing a brain tumour in December, 2005, and his cancerous spleen in January, 2004.
He suffered from marginal zone lymphoma. He has now been given the all clear, but doctors have said they do not know whether the cancer will recur.
Mr Harding, who lives with his wife and two children in Northwich, said: 'I want to build a multi-purpose visitors' centre that many local youth groups and schools can take advantage of, something similar to the centre at Delamere Forest.'
He explained that after his second operation he 'bought the field and set about the plan to spend my critical illness insurance that I gained through my job at Choice UK on something worthwhile to the community.
'This woodland area is so beautiful and it is perfect for young people to enjoy and learn about the outdoors.'
The plantation is Mr Harding's second such project. In 2002 land belonging to his wife's parents was turned into woodland near Rowton Hall Hotel, in memory of his first son, William, who was stillborn in 1999. The area is now named William's Wood.
The plans for Broomheath, which are being submitted to Chester City Council, include a classroom, toilets and changing rooms, storage and a retail area to sell Christmas trees in winter, which are grown on the plantation.
The building will be placed in the centre of the plantation and is only one floor, to reduce the visual impact.
Cheshire Scouts County Commissioner Eddie Johnson said: 'It is a great idea and would be a wonderful local resource.
'The scouts help to plant trees for our centenary at the plantation and loved it, so to have a centre there would be perfect for youngsters.'