Local people are helping to turn Tongham Wood into a beautiful country area.

The overgrown 5 1/2 acre wood had become a dumping ground for all sorts of rubbish.

Despite a bad weather weekend, village volunteers turned out to clear 25 bags of old junk as well as cutting back vegetation.

The work is part of a restoration project organised by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Team led by Tony Anderson

The wood is behind the housing estate at Lambourne Way off Oxenden Road and the next work day is Sunday, Nov 17, when people are asked to start work at 10:30am. There are several points of access including The Moors, a lane which starts at The Cricketers pub.

The aim of the project is to open up a circular walk which lies partly along a disused rail line.

Workers will also create a "ride", a gap in the woods for butterflies and wild flowers to flourish in the spring. This will also make for easier access for walkers.

Readers who would like to join the next work party should turn up at Garbetts Way, Tongham, on the day or ring Tony Anderson on 01252 331353.