Visitors from Haverhill’s French twin town of Pont St Esprit put their gardening knowhow to the test during their recent visit to Suffolk.
The group helped their hosts plant three trees in East Town Park to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year - one of which was an Oak and the other two Rowans.
It was just one of the many activities the 20-strong contingent from France enjoyed in a packed five-day schedule.
Haverhill Twin Towns Association (HTTA) chairman, Elaine McManus, said the visit had been a very successful one.
She said: “I have never been involved in it like I was this year, because I’m now the chairman, and your feet don’t touch the ground.
“The hosts and the visitors were very very happy about how things had gone and the organisation of the five days when they were here.”
The group had arrived in Haverhill on the evening of Wednesday, October 25.
They were greeted at the arts centre by Mrs McManus, Haverhill mayor Pat Hanlon, St Edmundsbury mayor Tim Marks and their respective hosts.
On Thursday they visited Colchester during the day before returning to Haverhill, where pupils at Coupals Primary School helped teaching assistant Sandra Linnane cook and serve a meal for 40.
Outings were taken in Cambridge, where they took joined evensong at Kings College Chapel and Bury St Edmunds, where they visited the cathedral and toured the Greene King Brewery.
The visitors also enjoyed a dance at Kedington Community Centre, with a fish and chip supper, before flying home from Stansted Airport on Monday.