YOUNGSTERS gave a tidy-up to a garden created at their village hall.

New Brancepeth Youth Group planted holly trees and spruced the site up before holding a 'winter warmer' celebration for residents in the hall. This included a buffet, games of bingo and family art and craft activities. The garden was created with funding from Barclays Sitesavers, the environmental programme funded by the bank, and managed by Groundwork East Durham.

Youth worker Eleanor Seed said: "This is an ideal time of the year to get the community together to keep the garden looking tip-top."