WORK to bring a former landfill site back to life as a sports village is well underway.

Extensive landscaping work is being carried out at the Sowerby development that will bring parts of the site into use this spring.

A wide range of native species are being planted, selected to attract as much wildlife and biodiversity as possible - including trees, hedgerows, grasses and wild flowers.

Bird nesting boxes, hedgehog holes and bug hotels will also be created.

The Sowerby Environmental Space Project - phase one of the sports village development - is rehabilitating 5.3 hectares of land for sport and recreation.

Hambleton District Council leader Mark Robson said: “The scheme is reaching an important part of its development – the landscaping work will bring it to life, encouraging a range of small mammals, birds and insects.”

The scheme is being developed by the District Council and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.