YOUNG people across Bury have been out in force this past summer to make a difference for their community.

Around 25,000 volunteer hours were notched up by teens across the borough, says the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Supporters are now using their example to appeal to other 16 and 17-year-old who want to step up and help their communities.

Teams of teenagers united to contribute towards the efforts of Incredible Edible, in Philips Park in Whitefield.

Not only were they able to refill and reshape a woodland path on site but they became involved in the planting rota, to furnish the initiative with harvest-time produce.

Overgrown areas were also cleared so forest school learners could return to their outdoor classroom.

Mark Lockwood, district secretary, said: "Incredible Edible and the Friends of Philips Park Whitefield are delighted to be able to work once again with the young people from NCS.

"Over the last few years they have helped us with the general upkeep of the park and the vegetable plot in particular.

"This year, the park has been used by many more people, so their efforts will be appreciated by more of the local community.”

The service found though that, after conducting a survey, nearly half of teens were unaware how they could get involved.

This autumn NCS will be looking to directly promote their work in schools and colleges, with a view to more stepping forward for the half-term break.

Plans are being pulled together for NCS local action groups to meet every month to discuss challenges and projects, in partnership with councils and charities.