A COMMUNITY celebration is being planned to mark a victorious battle to save ancient woodland on Frodsham Hill.
The Woodland Trust has announced it has exchanged contracts to buy Frodsham Hill Wood by the end of this month.
Townsfolk were shocked when the 26-acre wood was put on the open market by Cholmondeley Estates last year.
Generations of residents and visitors have enjoyed free access to the wood and families feared large chunks would be fenced off or spoiled.
But the Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity, came to the rescue.
Buoyed by public support, the trust immediately offered the full £75,000 asking price, which was covered by a donation from Vale Royal Borough Council's Rural Delivery Programme.
However, the trust needed to net a further £50,000 to cover future woodland management costs, £20,000 of which was promised by the Mersey Forest and Sandstone Ridge ECOnet Partnerships.
The remainder was raised by residents. Sara Lyons, regional development officer for the Woodland Trust, said: 'The purchase of the wood has been made possible by these vital donations, which were triggered by the tremendous initial support of residents who themselves raised more than £25,000.'