Members of the Poundbury Rotary Club were happy to give a helping hand at a school.

As reported in the Echo, Damers First School moved to a shiny new building in Poundbury around Easter after 62 years on the site in Dorchester.

And now the rotary club have come to help improve the landscape in efforts to encourage pupils to learn all about growing plants and food.

The members were happy to get their hands dirty and help prepare the ground to enable planting to begin.

Rotarian Ian Brown, set to it with a rotovator to create a base whilst fellow Rotarian and builder Marcus Foice lent a hand with some of the tricky aspects of the work.

As most club members work full time, it is impossible for club members to help regularly during working hours, so the club is working to coordinate locals with time available to help. This is being done by rotarian Helen Horsley.

The key teacher involved with the work was so impressed by the way rotary set out to help, that he himself asked to join the club. Edd Moore was duly inducted at a recent meeting alongside retired teacher Joan Cullington, boosting the membership.

Joan has a long association with rotary, her father being a member of the club where she was brought up, and her husband Geoff is a member of the Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club.

Peter Noble, another member of the Poundbury Rotary Club, said: "Edd and Joan were inducted at the same time at the recent meeting, and they look forward to carrying forward the work of rotary in the community, whether locally, or anywhere in the world that needs help, such as the club’s continued work in Nepal providing clean running water for the villages in the hills and mountains, for which the club has been awarded a grant to supplement the fund raised by the club."