Religious figures from across the district came together this weekend to mark the Jewish celebration Mitzvah Day.

To mark the occasion the St Albans Masorti Synagogue held a multi-faith hedge planting ceremony in Verlulamium Park.

Representatives from local mosques and churches were invited to the event, which was held on Sunday.

Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, also attended the event.

Nick Grant, one of the organisers, said: “The aim of our hedge planting activity is to enhance the local environment whilst joining together as many faiths as possible.

“We are extremely grateful to the green spaces department of St Albans District Council for donating the hedges and allowing us to plant them in Verulamium Park.”

Sunday’s celebration was the third time that the city’s Jewish community has organised the planting session in the district.

Mitzvah Day is a day of social action carried out by people across the country.