A team of volunteers dug deep into their energy reserves when they worked to restore a Walsall primary school's over-grown nature garden.

Around 20 colleagues from Midcounties Co-operative food stores spent two weeks transforming the plot at Pelsall Village School.

The work was part of a special community challenge.

The school started the work off by having some trees removed which were blocking light. The team then went into action.

They cut back overgrown shrubs, cleared paths and laid bark chippings, dug out a pond and provided benches, bird tables and compost bins.

Project Team Leader Craig Startin said: "This was one of the biggest challenges we have undertaken.

"It was hard work but very rewarding to get the nature garden back into shape and I'm sure the children will enjoy it for a long time to come."

Head Teacher Jane Clark said: "We are extremely grateful to the sustained efforts of the Co-operative staff who have worked tirelessly on this project.

"We now have a nature garden which will be a valuable learning environment for the children who are very eager to conduct a variety of experiments here and work on the upkeep of the garden." Midcounties is committed to providing hands-on support for the community.

It has an extensive colleague volunteer programme that takes on all types of challenges, which not only benefit local people and organisations but also help those involved to develop personally.