The Memorial Car Park in Virginia Water is being landscaped - with help from a house building company that has close links to the village.

McCarthy and Stone, the housebuilders behind the new Augustus House Retirement Living Plus development in the village, donated £5,000 to Runnymede Borough Council to fund trees to be planted at the car park's entrance on Station Parade.

Runnymede has used the donation to purchase Fagus Sylvatica Dawyck Gold trees.

McCarthy and Stone’s customer support executive Cheryl Ball visited the site with Councillor Nick Wase-Rogers to unveil a plaque and to take a closer look at the new landscaping – which should be finished in time for the First World War Memorial centenary events in November.

Councillor Wase-Rogers said: “We would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for its generous donation of £5,000, which has enabled us to introduce Fagus Sylvatica Dawyck Gold trees to Virginia Water Memorial Car Park. More commonly known as Golden Upright Beech Trees, I am sure the stunning greenery will be enjoyed by the people of Virginia Water for many years to come.”

Cheryl Ball said: “Virginia Water Memorial Car Park is an invaluable community facility, to both residents and visitors of the town - helping to support the parade of nearby shops and businesses by attracting shoppers.”