Veterans Allotment Project run by Shoulder to Soldier Charity scoops Regional Award  

Shoulder to Soldiers allotment project at Bents Garden & Home has won a Regional Award for the best Community Garden project. Cultivation Street has a campaign and competition with specialist categories. 

The judging panel met recently in London and after many hours of deliberation, chose Shoulder to Soldier as the North Region winner and they will now receive £1,000 and 100 geraniums.   Shoulder to Soldier took over the plots at Bents allotment in October 2017 and they have worked through inclement weather to deliver their fantastic project. The allotment sits within 40 other community allotments.   

The judges said   “They thought this was a very inspiring garden as it has been improved a lot over such a short amount of time. They originally built the garden and allotment for veterans, but due to its success have opened it up to schools and kids clubs in the area. They have a range people attend including veterans with PTSD”  

 Linda Fisher Founder of the charity said;   “This has been an amazing project to be part of, our team are proud to have won the Regional award.   We have had so much support from the local community and have received many kind donations. Veterans with specialist skills have used their talents to deliver an inspirational allotment to be enjoyed by all who come down. “The allotment has a remembrance garden as a main feature and people from all across the Country have sent in remembrance crosses. We also have a Valhalla boat from the ride at Blackpool Pleasure, the 1 tonne boat is now a main feature. The allotment has 8 beds and the community have grown potatoes, onions and other vegetables in their first year. The plots are wheelchair friendly for disabled veterans and members of the community. We need help and support so please get in touch if you want to help out”  

 Matthew Dickenson, Outdoor Manager at Bents Garden & Home adds:  “We were delighted to be able to provide Linda and the team at Shoulder to Soldier with a plot at our allotments and we have really enjoyed seeing it develop and grow over the past few months.  The team work extremely hard and have transformed what was a blank plot into a living, growing and beautiful place to be. This award is a great recognition of their commitment and enthusiasm. ”  

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