THE sandpit that featured at intu Uxbridge shopping centre in the summer is now being enjoyed by seven elephants – as a skin treatment.

The beach was on the Lower Mall by Debenhams throughout the holidays and was populated by deckchairs, buckets, spades and children having fun.

Not wanting to waste it, intu Uxbridge decided to donate it and it’s now being put to good use in the enclosures at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The four tons of sand will be scattered into the paddocks for the elephants to roll in, to maintain and rejuvenate their thick skin.