PUPILS at Madley Primary School no longer have to trek across a muddy field to get to school thanks to the installation of a brand new, eco-friendly path.

Brothers-in-law Ray Dix and Will Evans from Clehonger based company Dixie Plant Services have installed a much-needed path to link the school to the tennis club car park where many parents park.

Will's daughter attends Madley pre-school and Ray's daughter and son are in the primary school, so they understand first hand how the road outside the school gets blocked and busy during the school run, driving parents to park on the tennis club car park.

Before the installation of the 150 square metre path which is made from recycled plastic, children had to traipse over the field from the car park to school.

Will said: "The path saves children getting muddy before they even get to school.

"We were happy to help."

The path has been a major help to the school's Park and Stride scheme, which involves a 'walking bus' of children being led from the car park to school by volunteer parents and staff twice a week.

The scheme started June and now sees up to 30 children take part every week.

A spokeswoman from the school explained how the project is all part of the school's eco ethos.