Volunteers rewarded for their commitment to the project

Peter Stubbs and Jean Chamberlain travelled to Solihull today to represent the Elford Hall Garden Project at the Royal Horticultural Society presentation for the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ national competition. ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ is like Britain in Bloom but for voluntary community groups with a ‘floral’ link. In the past 4 years we have been earning increasingly better awards and last year we were rewarded with the top honour.

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The volunteers have worked miracles on the site, turning it from an overgrown and dilapidated wilderness, into a lovely garden free for all to enjoy.   It has been a case of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others, while at the same time enjoying fresh air, exercise and the company of the many new friends they have made whilst on the project.

Today at the presentation, we were again awarded an ‘Outstanding’ category award and in addition, we were also one of the few entries to be awarded a special trophy for gardening excellence. Needless to say, we’re feeling pretty smug at the moment!