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Community Group Helps Maintain Fire Service Memorial Garden

02/08/2011

A community group of adults with special needs who have helped to maintain Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s HQ memorial garden for the last four years will have their efforts recognised by the Stone Town Mayor at a presentation this evening.

 "It is wonderful that the participant’s efforts and achievements are being recognised."

Memorial Garden Trustee, David Lawrence

The group, aged 18-30 are members of the Trinity Skills for Life initiative and attend weekly sessions at the Memorial Garden where, come rain or shine, they spend two hours raking leaves, maintaining plants, planting and growing their own plants and tidying flowerbeds.

Memorial Garden Trustee, David Lawrence said: "We have been working with Trinity Skills for Life for a number of years now so it is wonderful that the participant’s efforts and achievements are being recognised.

"Although I provide the guidance for how we want the garden to look, various members of the group often pass on their own thoughts and ideas, they have really helped to shape the landscape of the garden."

The group will have their achievements to date celebrated at a special presentation evening on August 2nd at St Dominic’s Priory School Hall. June Price, the Stone Town Mayor, will be a special guest and awards will be handed out to members of the Trinity Skills for Life group.

The purpose of the garden is to provide a lasting and evolving memorial garden for the remembrance of past employees of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The garden is located at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Pirehill, Stone.

The Fire Service maintains the memorial garden for the benefit, comfort and solace of bereaved families and friends, which allows thought and reflection at any time.