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The Tamworth Rose!

Tamworth Community Fire Station’s sensory garden has been given a special boost with the planting of a rose to mark its connection to The Queen’s Trust, a charity that provides funds to help young people help others. 

“We are delighted to have supported Youth United’s partners at Tamworth in the creation of the garden and the benefits this will bring to the local community.” 

Nicola Brentnall, Director of The Queen's Trust.

The garden was developed thanks to a grant of £5,000 from The Queen’s Trust and is tended by local school children, scouts and members of a community group using facilities at the station. The Queen’s Trust is a supporter of The Youth United Foundation, a charity that helped organise the project. 

Last Thursday, Nicola Brentnall and Vivian Gunn of The Queen’s Trust visited the garden and planted a Queen Elizabeth rose bush in the garden. 

Nicola said: “We are delighted to have supported Youth United’s partners at Tamworth in the creation of the garden and the benefits this will bring to the local community.” 

The garden initiative was set up by the Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC), working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, pupils at St Gabriel’s Primary School, local Scout groups, Groundwork West Midlands and local neighbourhood co-ordinators. 

Kate Staples, Community Liaison Officer for the Safer Communities CIC, said: “Creating the multi-sensory garden, which has a variety of textures to walk on and touch as well as scented flowers and shrubs, has been an exciting project involving the local community working for the benefit of the local community. 

“The garden was made possible thanks to funding from The Queen’s Trust and we were therefore delighted that Nicola Brentnall was able to visit the garden and plant a rose.  The garden is open for use to all community groups and is also a special feature for sensory-impaired local residents.” 

Tamworth Community Fire Station is one of 10 fire stations in the county built under the first phase of a PFI initiative. The station became operational in December 2010 and opened to the public in January 2011. It has state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated community room for use by local groups and organisations.