A PARK has been created from a piece of wasteland in Pogmoor where a military plane crashed 70 years ago.

Phase one of the park, on West Road, is now finished and has seen 400 bulbs, 105 saplings and 34 mature trees planted.

The creation of the park has been spearheaded by the Pogmoor Residents' Association.

More than 100 people were involved and devoted more than 300 hours to the first part of the project, with £2,500 being donated from the Community First Panel.

The second phase will see more trees planted and the creation of a community orchard and the association is about to start a second application for funding.

Members of the association want to name the park after Australian pilot Sgt Alexander Hollingworth, who died when he crash-landed a Whitley Bomber, having stayed at the controls to avoid nearby houses.

Sgt Hollingworth and four others were in the aeroplane returning from a mission in Cherbourg, France, when the starboard engine burst into flames due to a fault.

The pilot managed to fly back to Britain and was returning to its base near Thirsk when the crash occurred.

Four crew members bailed out onto what is now Broadway as the plane was losing altitude, but only two survived.

Sgt Hollingworth, died on impact, crashing into the quarry and avoiding terraced houses.