Young Braunton school children have been helping to protect Croyde beach’s famous sand dunes.

Ten year 5 pupils from Caen Community School enjoyed an afternoon on the dunes on Wednesday to help Ruda Holiday Park’s beach ranger Rose Roberts plant marram grass.

The planting, along with laying Christmas trees, should strengthen an area of the dunes which has suffered storm damage and improve the beach as a habitat for wildlife.

Year 5 teacher Helen Robinson, who runs the school’s ‘eco club’, said: “We’ve been working with Ruda for six years now and I just think it’s so important for the children to be involved in the local environment and understanding how to keep it sustainable.

“They’re all enjoying themselves and happy to be out in the sun and helping.”

Beach ranger Rose Roberts, of Croyde Bay owners Parkdean Holidays, said: “If we didn’t do this then the dunes would continue to erode.

“The local schools are really helping with this project.”