• New WWI memorial garden wins environmental award

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.”