VOLUNTEERS are transforming a derelict stretch of land into an attractive countryside feature.

Members of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) are hard at work in the heart of the village of Oswaldkirk. Unsightly vegetation and overgrown brambles have been removed and a pathway is being built to enhance the area.

The idea is a joint project between the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty project of which Oswaldkirk is part, and residents, who raised funds to get rid of the eyesore and create an amenity area.

BTCV voluntary officer Ian Jakulis said: "We have had some splendid support from our volunteers and the village. Steps are being built to enable people to walk from the village street through the new amenity area along a pathway of wood chippings.

The project is one of several being undertaken by the BTCV's Vale of York group. Other schemes being carried out in the next few weeks include the clearance of scrubs at Bishop Monkton, birch clearance at Terrington Carr, the removal of a weir at Wintringham, and the restoration of a pond at Kirkbymoorside.