THE Spring programme of volunteer activities in a borough’s nature reserves is under way.

Work to improve habitats at Accrington’s Peel Park and Woodnook Vale will continue on Saturday.

They involve promoting new heather growth on the Coppice and improving habitat for plants and mini-beasts at Plantation Pond.

Further events will take place until the end of March including establishing native trees and shrubs at Rothwell Heights, creating new wetland habitats at Platts Lodge and helping to keep the ancient trees of Plantation Woods in good condition.

The activities, which began in the autumn, are organised by the Prospects Foundation, Ribble Rivers Trust and Hyndburn Council.

Cllr Miles Parkinson, leader of Hyndburn Council said: “These are great opportunities for local people who want to lend a hand with looking after the natural world. Our local nature reserves are beautiful places, so bring family and friends along to enjoy the scenery.”