THE residents of a County Durham village are being invited to pull on their wellies and take part in a record-breaking tree planting event on Saturday.

About 150 birch, pines, oak, yew, hawthorn and blackthorns will be planted at the recreation ground in Cockfield, between 10am and 2pm, on Saturday, as part of ongoing environmental improvements in the village.

The event forms part of the Tree Council's National Tree Week, during which the organisation is going for a world tree planting record for the most trees planted over a three-day period.

The County Durham Environmental Trust (CDENT) has contributed £50,000 towards environmental improvement schemes in Cockfield, including footpath improvements, tree planting, the creation of entrance features and a new five-a-side pitch.

The work has also been funded by Teesdale District Council, the parish council, and other agencies.

Gill Flint, project officer for Groundwork West Durham, said: "We hope as many people as possible will come along to plant a tree, which will remain in the village for generations, and will also do our bit for the world record attempt.