VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to help restore native woodland in Upper Teesdale.

English Nature's Natural Links Project is holding its third Tree Planting Day as part of National Tree Week on Saturday, November 27, in the juniper woods alongside High Force.

Native deciduous trees such as birch, hawthorn and rowan will be planted, which will help provide shelter and food for birds including the rare Black Grouse.

Heather McCarty, the Natural Links Project Officer, said: "Tree planting events have been very popular in the past with a whole range of people coming along.

"It is a great way to get some fresh air and meet new people in a beautiful place. Families are very welcome to join us."

There will be a one mile walk to the wood along a track, which has some steep sections including steps.

Volunteers can meet at High Force car park at 9.30am and are expected to be finished by 3pm. People should bring sturdy footwear, old warm clothes, including waterproofs, and a packed lunch.

Work gloves will be provided but if you have your own bring them along.

To book a place call English Nature on (01833) 622374 and leave a message.

Anyone interested in joining a practical volunteers group that meets once a month can also call the number above.