VOLUNTEERS conservationists are helping to restore woodland at Howsham Park, in Ryedale.

They are clearing the woods of elder trees to allow new species to flourish in an area within the Howardian Hills.

A spokesman for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) said the work was part of a long-term management plan.

"As the woodland has not been managed for a number of years, elder scrub is now threatening to smother the new growth of other species," he said. "The idea is to encourage as many people as possible out of their armchairs and into the fresh air."

Pictured is BTCV project officer Bob Eades.