More than 10 tonnes of free compost has been given to gardeners from across Leyland.

Working with Lancashire County Council and Amey, South Ribble council arranged for the compost to be handed out as part of the Big Heap project.

The compost was produced at the Farington recycling facility and was made using garden and food waste collected in the area.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Margaret Smith said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to give back to the community compost that has been made using green waste from right here in South Ribble. Lancashire County Council gave us 10 tonnes to hand out for free and we had collection points in Worden Park, at Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre and Kingsfold Community Centre. The project always proves really popular with our green-fingered residents and was helped this year by Amey who provided staff to fill the bags and load them on to the trailers ready to be collected.”

Joe Stafford from Amey, which acquired Enterprise in April, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with South Ribble Borough Council on this worthwhile community project.

“We look forward to being collaboratively involved in many more community initiatives in the future too.”

In South Ribble nearly 50 per cent of all waste collected in the borough being recycled over the past 12 months.