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16th May, 2022

Armed Forces Community Garden at Hillfield Park handed top award

Sarah Mason 13th May, 2022

A COMMUNITY garden in Hillfield Park has been handed a top award.

The Armed Forces Community Garden, delivered by Balfour Beatty Living Places for Solihull Council, was crowned winner of the Judges’ Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards.

The garden was designed to help veterans and the community alike heal in a place of peace and tranquility, with consideration for both mental and physical wellbeing.

From the circular seating area to the gabion basket panelled walls and seating specially designed to reduce anxiety for visitors, the garden is a place of reflection, comfort and peace.

It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages and to remember the debt of gratitude owed to all fallen heroes.

The judges praised how it had transformed a barren piece of land into a biodiverse community garden.

ICE East and West Midlands regional director, Jo Barnett, said: “Congratulations to Balfour Beatty Living Places and Solihull Council on winning this year’s Judges’ Award – a worthy winner indeed.

“Our annual awards play an important role in not only demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers but also in celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our everyday lives.”


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