A TEAM of landscapers were on hand to offer their time for free to a local pub to help transform the beer garden.

Lisa Elwers, the landlady at The Wenlock Arms Pub in Wheldrake, was shocked by the "generosity and kindness" of staff from Toby H Johnson Ltd.

After asking the company for a quote on developing the outdoor area of the pub, the staff visited the site and carried out the work completely free of charge - describing the pub as a "summer staple for locals and those further afield over many years".

Lisa, who has managed the pub for six years, said: "After such a troubling year for myself and staff at the Wenlock they have lifted our spirits and given us an amazing area for our customers to enjoy.

"I was prepared to pay for the work but they wanted to give back to the community after such a tough year.

"I cant thank them enough. The pub means so much to me and I know the community will feel the same way."

The work involved the team building a 'pergola' structure around the existing decking, before adding in 'omega' fencing to create an enclosed space and tidy the border up - all of which was completed in one day.

The materials for the job were donated by Atkinsons Fencing - who work closely with the landscapers.

A spokesperson for Toby H Johnson Ltd said: "Feeling fortunate that we’ve been able to work in the most part this past year, we wanted to help out a local business who hadn’t faired so well.

"We couldn’t be prouder of our team of volunteers for their very generous donation of time on what must of been the nicest day of the year so far. These guys are the heart of Toby H Johnson Ltd."

As well as The Wenlock in Wheldrake, Lisa also took on The Stonegate Pub Group in February this year, as she wants to "give back to the community she grew up in".