Nature lovers got their hands dirty planting flowers, fruit and vegetables at a community nature reserve.

Volunteers raked and weeded at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre (SCEEC)'s new wildlife garden which opened last May and contains features made from recycled materials, pollinator planting, a raised pond, native fruit and vegetables and toad abodes.

The horticultural haven, which was created with help from Oxford garden designer Laura Heybrook and Oxfordshire's Freshwater Habitats Trust, aims to inspire visitors of all ages and show how easy it is to help wildlife.

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The centre, run by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), is always on the lookout for more volunteers.

Charlotte Howe,  SCEEC learning officer, said: "In the Easter holidays teenagers come to learn more about the importance of ponds and make their own mini ponds to take home, and our Nature Tots group plant potatoes and are now looking forward to digging them up again.

"We can't wait to show off our garden to more visitors and inspire everyone to take action for wildlife."

There are volunteering opportunities at all levels, on nature reserves, at the visitor and education centres and in its offices, and relevant training is given before you start.