Lottery winners from across the Midlands were drafted in to build a giant gingerbread playhouse attraction at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
The winners, with a combined wealth of more than £12 million, spent two days transforming the building into a super-sized gingerbread house at the Trust’s Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley.
It will be used as an extra visitor attraction at the centre and to host family events next year.
More than 100 litres of paint, six sacks of fake snow and 25 metres of Christmas lights were used to decorate the house and all the lottery winners chipped in to help get it ready.
Children from Western Springs Primary School, Lichfield Cathedral School and Hob Hill School were invited to the opening of the playhouse and get involved with various activities around the Wildlife Centre.
Lichfield Cathedral School teacher Ruth Forbes said: “We often come here for school trips and find it’s a great place to come. We’re delighted to be able to support the opening of a new education centre and hope to bring the children back here soon.”
Julian Woolford, chief executive of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We are really grateful to receive this Gingerbread playhouse and want to thank the local lottery winners for their hard work.”
Founded in 1969, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust manages 27 nature reserves totalling 3,500 acres across the county and have benefited from similar local projects in the last couple of years.