VOLUNTEERS got stuck in during a clear-up of Hereford's Castle Pool last weekend.

Around 60 people turned out to help after a day of action was arranged by Colin James, Keith Marston and Councillor Jim Kenyon in a bid to help restore the area to its former glory.

The Hereford Times reported in August how the action plan was prompted after visitors to the area over the summer found the pond almost entirely covered in green duckweed and algae.

And community spirit was in abundance as the volunteers, including children, got involved on Sunday.

Colin James said: "It was a really successful day and everyone got stuck in. I was really pleased with the turn-out.

"We had the Cubs and the Scouts who put up a gazebo and served soups, sausage rolls and tea and coffee to the volunteers."

Work involved clearing some of the duckweed from the surface of the pond as well as weeds, brambles, overhanging branches and fallen trees in the area.

Mr James, who runs Hereford Voice, said: "We've also put a sign up, which was sponsored by Vets 4 Pets, educating people not to feed the ducks with bread and instead feed them with peas, seeds and corn."

Another action day is planned in the next six weeks, when it's hoped some painting will be done as well as the installation of a fountain to aerate the water and the possible introduction of some fish.