A group of air cadets flew to the rescue when the call came to help tidy up a county beauty spot.
The youngsters from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron ATC swapped their attention from the skies to the ground when they spent the day at Bolam Lake Country Park as part of an on-going conservation project.
Alongside their Officer Commanding, Flt Lt Dan Laidler, and adjutant David Carter, they cleared an extensive area of rhododendrons that were choking the trees by the visitor centre.
The rhododendrons will now be mulched and used to help repair footpaths at the park.
The cadets, who are all aged between 13 and 18, will be back later in the summer to carry out more conservation work.
Meanwhile, 20 Northumbria Police Cadets helped out at the Morpeth Fair Day event.
They offered their help when needed and some of the tasks the cadets carried out included passing details of a crime to their supervising officers after they were approached by a member of the public, helping to locate two lost children who had become separated from their families and helping a boy who had lost some property.
Northumberland Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward, said: “The Police Cadets provide an invaluable service to policing teams.
“I’m incredibly impressed with the support they’ve provided to this event as well as others across Northumberland – they are a credit to the force and to themselves.”