RESIDENTS have been gifted with free herbs and vegetables thanks to a community planting project.

Organisation ApproachToo teamed up with schools and Ferryhill Town Council to plant four wooden containers in Ferryhill Town Centre.

The project hopes to provide the community with access to free herbs and vegetables.

The event was organised by Approach Too, which aims to work through schools in the Ferryhill and Chilton areas to raise aspirations among children and young people.

Town mayor, Councillor Joe Makepeace said: "This initiative is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when everyone in the community works in partnership together.

"The children have worked extremely hard to deliver this project and will continue to look after it.

"I very much look forward to seeing the results of their efforts which will then go on to benefit members of our very own community."

Students from Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, Cleves Cross Primary and Dean Bank Primary Schools all worked to plant the fresh produce.

The produce will be available to eat during the later summer months.