A section of the former New Cut Canal has been transformed into a haven for wildlife and recreation. The formerly contaminated area now forms part of the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail.

On Saturday 5 March, the Deputy Mayor of Warrington, Faisal Rashid, officially opened the trail. The event also marked the partnership between the council, the Environment Agency and local volunteers who, together, will develop and maintain the area. Members of the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Group put on a fascinating display of historic photos showing elements of the former Mersey navigation through Woolston, Paddington and Howley.

The trail runs the length of the former canal tow path from Paddington Bank to Weir Lane and links other local areas of green space including Paddington Meadows and Larkfield Park.

Councillor  Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, said: “It’s great that we’ve addressed contamination issues on the site and been able to transform the area into a beautiful sanctuary for wildlife.

“The project generated a lot of interest within the local community and their enthusiasm led to the formation of the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail Group, who I’m sure will do a fantastic job in protecting the site.

“I’m positive that the new area will be a welcome addition to an already stunning part of the town.”