Armed with a paddle, waders and a kayak, one dedicated volunteer went "above and beyond" to clear up Oxhey Park this weekend.

More than a dozen helpers turned up to spring clean the park on Saturday in a bid to clear away rubbish accumulated over the past few months.

While most came prepared with wellies and a bin bag, the chairman of Friends of Oxhey Park, Sandy Belloni, arrived with his own kayak in a bid to tackle the growing number of disused plastic bags that have accumulated along the River Colne.

Weeks of torrential rain and turbulent weather earlier this year meant the high water levels had caused plastic bags to get caught in some of the lower branches of the trees.

Taking the initiative, Mr Belloni, jumped into the kayak and paddled around collecting the disused bags.

Celia Smith, secretary of Friends of Oxhey Park, co-ordinated the event.

She said: "Our chairman brought a kayak along with him. It was a bit above and beyond what we were expecting.

"The park itself isn’t often too bad but there were floods there and the water got incredibly high which meant that lots of the plastic bags became attached to the branches which we just couldn’t reach, so Sandy and his kayak did the job."

The group run the clear up sessions on the second Saturday of most months.