New facilities for park rangers and volunteers have opened at Marbury Park, near Northwich.

Cheshire West and Chester Council, working with the Friends of Anderton and Marbury, have invested £70,000 in the new connected blocks of office space, accommodation, toilets and catering facilities.

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and wellbeing Cllr Louise Gittins said: “The enthusiasm and ambition from all the organisations involved in this project has been truly wonderful. There was a real desire to work in partnership to transform the facilities.

“The new facilities are bright, modern and more spacious, which will enable the volunteer base to increase and provide improved facilities for schools, community groups to hold events within the country park, particularly those around education and health improvement.”

Chair of the Friends of Anderton and Marbury, Alan Redley and CWaC director of place operations Maria Byrne

The Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) is a group of local residents who came together to support, influence and play an active role in the future of Northwich Woodlands. The group was founded in 1999 and has since grown to a membership of over 230.

Around 24 members are regular volunteers who help the Cheshire West and Chester Rangers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The group organises events throughout the year and publishes a regular newsletter.

Chair of the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM), Alan Redley, said: “We are all delighted with the new facilities. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this happen.

It’s fantastic that they are now open and I’m sure they will be very well used for many years to come.”