A scout group has received a stream of compliments for their handiwork at an Alton beauty spot.

Young volunteers from the 8th Alton Pathfinder Scouts recently donned their waterproofs for a spot of vegetation clearance at Flood Meadows.

They gave a troublesome plant the wellington boot with around 25 cubs removing lots of fool’s watercress during the 90-minute session.

The youngsters were overseen by scout leaders and figures from the Alton Society offshoot The Friends of Flood Meadows.

And although the cubs got “very wet” the adults were very impressed with the young conservationists with Bob Booker hailing their “brilliant community work”.

“They were incredible,” said the Alton Society member and litter picking stalwart.

“They got them all into the water and told them how to take out the fool’s watercress, which looks a little like normal watercress but doesn’t taste half as nice.

“Getting some extra hands really helped as the watercress was choking the flow of the river. They worked very hard for the hour and a half they were at Flood Meadows and I think it was very successful.”

The work will help the cubs to gain a community badge as they also recently took part in a litter picking session around the station.

Meanwhile, the Alton Society have begun the search to find the latest recipient of the Outstanding Services to Alton award which is presented annually at their AGM.

The deadline for nominations is August 31, for more details look for Alton Society on Facebook.