Work to upgrade a park in an East Lancashire township will be complete for Christmas.

Hyndburn Council has invested more than £45,000 in improving the accessibility and use-ability of paths at Cutwood Park in Rishton.

Path upgrades and viewing terrace refurbishment are set to be finalised this week at the award-winning open space in time for Christmas.

The funding has enabled upgrading the park's network of paths and bolstered the main infrastructure, ensuring that the park continues to meet the high standards required for the Green Flag accolade.

One of the most notable enhancements is the refurbishment of the popular viewing terrace overlooking Rishton Reservoir.

The improvements have been welcomed by Rishton Labour councillor Kate Walsh.

Cllr Steven Smithson, Hyndburn Council's parks boss, said: "We are committed to investing in our parks and green spaces across Hyndburn's towns and this project is a testament to our dedication to maintaining the high standards necessary for the Green Flag award.

"These spaces are vital for local residents to enjoy a variety of recreational activities throughout the year.

“The improvements are set to be complete by Christmas, which I hope means lots of families will venture out to enjoy the re-vamped park over the festive season, no matter the weather,

!Thanks to all the parks team and everyone involved in this project, it looks great.”

Mark Pickup, the council's senior parks development officer, said: “Cutwood Park has long been a cornerstone for outdoor enthusiasts, dog walkers, bike riders and families alike.

"This major investment will help even more people enjoy this wonderful park for generations to come.

"Cutwood is one of those parks that’s a little bit tucked away, it’s well worth a visit if people haven’t yet been to explore it!”

Cllr Kate Walsh said: "This is good news. The pathways were much in need of improvement."