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Residents undercut council to restore park

A vandalised nature reserve has reopened after local residents rejected a £300,000 council scheme and did the repair work themselves for a tenth of the price.

The reserve on Holt Island in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, was ruined by vandals and its walkways swallowed by mud.

Huntingdonshire District Council came up with a three-year redevelopment scheme, but a residents' group completed the same work in 18 months for £30,000.