New WWI memorial garden wins environmental award
The memorial garden in Huncote village centre
emh homes has been given the 2014 Environmental Award by Huncote Parish Council for turning a derelict scrap of land in the centre of the Leicestershire village into a World War I Memorial Garden.
The transformation was carried out by emh homes’ gardening service, emh Sharpes, and includes a slice of a 100-year-old oak tree fashioned into a memorial plaque by a tree surgeon with a chainsaw.
“When the parish council asked us to do something with the land, one of our first ideas was to turn it into a memorial garden,” said Colin Sharpe, head of emh Sharpes. “And then when our tree surgeon said he had a part of a 100-year-old tree everything just fell into place. We carry out a lot of work in the village, so being given this award shows we have a real connection with our tenants.”