Families are being invited to turn an old allotment site into a thriving nature reserve.

Loughton Town Council is holding a ‘Make a Difference’ day at which children over the age of 11 can help to improve the habitat for lizards and slow worms in Debden.

The Willingale Road Nature Reserve will be entirely transformed into a place for the whole community to visit.

Tea, tools and biscuits will be provided for all helpers at the site on February 20.

Anyone who wishes to lend a hand can meet the group at the gates on Willingale Road, beside Debden Park High School.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.