Special festive decorations have been bought using a proportion of a local fund.

Funds from Watford Borough Council's neighbourhood locality fund were used by Park councillors Peter Jeffree, Nikki Steel and David Barks to deck out the area for Christmas.

Decorations include wreaths around The Essex Arms pub, red ribbons on bollards and an 11 foot Christmas tree in the centre of the Cassiobury roundabout.

The decorations, which were unveiled at a celebration outside UD Salon, were the idea of shopkeepers in the ward who then approached councillors for funding.

Cllr Jeffree said: "It was UD Salon the hairdressers that came up with the idea. They got in touch with us and asked if we would support the idea of putting some Christmas decorations up. Of course, we did, and it has made the whole area feel much more festive, as well as really bringing all of our shops together as a unit.

"We provided money and support, and they delivered it. It has worked incredibly well and we hope that year-on-year the shops will do it again.

"Perhaps it will get bigger each year and there will be a real sense of buzz and fun around Christmas."

The funds came from the £2,500 which is awarded to each ward as part of the neighbourhood locality fund.