Volunteers helped a primary school lay the foundations of an 'edible forest' on their premises, with rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries, loganberries and apple trees to be planted.

Eight volunteers from Associated British Ports (ABP), based in Aldwych, helped develop the foundations of a school garden at Fairlop Primary School, in Fencepiece Road, Barkingside last week.

They cleared waste ground and created raised beds and laid topsoil as part of Business in the Community's Give and Gain day, where businesses help in the local community.

Headteacher Gail Brannan said: "We are very grateful to the group from ABP who gave their all digging and preparing our garden beds, with a smile, on the first hot day of the year. 

"The children were excited to see the transformation in their environmental area and cannot wait to plant, grow, reap and eat their first crop.

“This project has enabled an idea to become reality to enhance environmental learning for present and future Fairlop pupils.”

Fairlop school were one of the community institutions helped by ABP on the day.