pupils have taken a pride in their village by planting flowers on their millennium green.

The children, from Peases West Primary School, near Crook, worked with representatives from Groundwork West Durham and Wear Valley District Council. Youngsters from years five and six yesterday planted raised flower beds at the Billy Row Millennium Green. Headteacher Judith Stirk said: "It is nice for them to feel that they have taken part in something for the community.''

Meanwhile, years three and four have been hearing how litter, dog fouling, graffiti and vandalism have a direct effect on their surroundings.