Hundreds of pounds was donated to young people to use as part of a new gardening project.

Youngsters at Ascend, a specialist centre for education, nurturing and development, received a £250 donation from the Grays Rotary Club.

Ascend, based at Ormiston Park Academy, Belhus Park Lane, Aveley, has its own separate building for teaching and outside sports space.

Elaine Stevens, President of the rotary club, said “The Rotary Club is really pleased to assist the students at Ascend with their garden, we are looking forward to getting involved in the project”.

The project aims to get young people enthusiastic about gardening.