The Moat Cultivates Success

Staff, horticultural trainees and volunteers at the Albrighton Trust, Moat and Gardens have had their hard work rewarded by gaining an ‘outstanding’ award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition at their first attempt. There are five levels of the award with ‘Outstanding’ being the highest. The Charity was told when they entered the competition earlier in the year it would be highly unlikely they would achieve ‘Outstanding’ in the first year of entering the competition. The presentations took place on Thursday 6 September and Mark Ironmonger (head gardener) and James Cooley from Wightwick Hall school collected the award on behalf of the charity.

The competition assessor for Shropshire, Stan Sedman was very impressed when he visited the Moat


His comments recorded in the competition brochure are:-

On the day of the assessment there were dozens of people visiting the garden and the whole area was buzzing. There was the opportunity to talk to James (a schoolboy who works as a volunteer), Lloyd (a youth on probation) and a wonderful lively group from Westcroft Special School (who use the garden for recreation and learning visits). All were full of the highest praise for the facilities the garden supports their individual needs.

The areas of achievement are:-

The sheer delight of the way in which the garden has been developed around the medieval moat

The inclusion of people from all aspects of the community in the garden both as volunteers for the pleasure (fully accessible for disabled groups)

The use of the garden for work experience, by groups such as the Probation Service and for a local special needs college for part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The sustainable and varied planting around the whole area

The introduction of wildflower meadow on the banks of the moat

The beautiful sensory garden

The development of a wildlife corridor alongside the brook

Intensive compost and recycling facilities


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