Green-fingered service users and staff from our trust are celebrating their success at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, after their show garden scooped a gold medal.
Weeks of hard work have paid off for the team from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery and Wellbeing Programme, including 21 service users, who contributed to all aspects of their award-winning cottage garden.
Today judges from the Royal Horticultural Society heaped praise on our Recovery and Wellbeing garden, one of just two to be awarded a prestigious gold medal.
Dougal Philip, chairman of Shows Advisory Committee, said: “This garden was just perfect, we could find no fault with it at all, and the attention to detail was awe-inspiring. It was so convincing, it looked like it had been there some time, there was no hint it was just built for the show.”
The Recovery and Wellbeing Garden - which features a vegetable patch and chickens living in a reclaimed chicken coop - will be on display during the four-day show at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire, which opened today (May 6).
The trust’s garden, designed to promote its allotment project, also features a central path paved with 150 terracotta tiles, handmade by service users which makes it both original and unique.