STUDENTS from all three secondary schools in Clackmannanshire have built new benches for Tullibody Community Garden.

The local lads have spent the last six months, two hours a week, sawing, drilling, chiselling and painting at Forth Valley College.

They have picked up new things along the way and the three benches – built using scrap materials – will take pride of place in the community garden's social area.

The CJET programme takes pupils from school for two days a week to learn in the college's Alloa campus, in order for them to gain practical skills.

College support worker, Linsey McKinlay, said: "I’m really proud of what these students have achieved. It’s even better that what they’ve made will benefit the local community."

Community gardener at the Tullibody spot, Sarah Watts, said: "The new benches will have a long life in the community garden.

"They’ll be a place where volunteers can sit and have their lunch; where visitors can enjoy looking at the garden and chatting or workshop participants can have a cup of tea.

"I’m even hoping to make use of them myself.

"The community garden is all about local folk doing something for themselves and their community so it’s really appropriate that these benches will find a home here."