A CROSS Hills company has marked its 50th anniversary by supporting a community park project.

Chemical firm Airedale Group donated £2,000 for improvements to Glusburn Park.

The local parish council has used the money to create a wildflower area and community herb garden.

Parish councillor Stewart Anthony says: "Glusburn Park is a classic example of Victorian gardening where laurels and privets have been used to provide greenery, but they don’t offer any real value to the environment or insect life.

"The wildflower area will attract bees, birds and many more species important to the environment. Support from businesses like Airedale Group is invaluable in ensuring the future of facilities such as our park, providing a much-loved area for residents."

Other features of the park include a children’s play area, fitness equipment, skatepark and tennis courts.

Daniel Marr, commercial director at Airedale Group, says: "We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with an activity that was meaningful for our neighbours and beneficial to the environment.

"This seemed like the ideal project."