VOLUNTEERS from the Talbot Inn have transformed an area of neglected land at Loughton School into a wildlife garden and edible playground.
A team of volunteers from the pub pulled up their sleeves last week to tackle the space and create a kitchen garden full of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.
They also devised an eco zone – a wildlife garden packed full of butterfly, ladybird and bird boxes, as well as a worm farm and bug hotel.
Talbot Inn manager, Cath Poynton, said: “It seemed ideal that we could help out, with Loughton School being right next door.
“The new edible playground and wildlife garden will not only look great but also provides a fantastic educational resource for the school.”
Youngsters at the school were thrilled with the garden.
The Talbot Inn has set a challenge to their neighbours to nominate projects that needed attention.
Their promise was to tackle and transform these areas by providing £1,000 towards materials as well as the manpower required.
Cath Poynton added: “We’re very proud of the Talbot Inn’s heritage and the part it has played in the community for so many years, and the whole team is determined to live up to that responsibility.”