Youngsters were asked to get out and about in their communities during half term as part of a Love Where You Live campaign.
The campaign is being run by Essex County Council to encourage residents to pick up litter, plant trees and do conservation work in their communities.
Children were asked to join the campaign during their time off school in the February half term.
County Councillor Jeremy Lucas, cabinet member for environment and culture at the council, said: “It was wonderful to see young people across Essex taking part in Love Where You Live events this half-term. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, and it is important for all of us to spend some time improving our local communities.”
More than 75 community improvement events have been organised since the campaign began last year.
Projects have included building fences, clearing thistle, street cleaning, apple harvesting and much more.
Residents are encouraged to look on the campaign’s website to find projects to take part in, or post their own events for other people to join.
A spokesperson for the campaign said: “Your activity can be a clean-up event or anything that celebrates the local community. It doesn’t matter how big or small – even if you can only spare 15 minutes of your time it can still make a big change.”
In 2010 Essex County Council launched the first Love Where You Live Week, in which over 1,000 residents gave up their time to volunteer in over 40 local clean-up events. Local schools, businesses, parish and town councils, residents groups and individuals also organised their own activities.