'Eyesore' ground outside Hednesford war memorial transformed

By Thomas Parkes | Hednesford | News | Published:

A "eyesore" section of land outside a war memorial has received a £2,000 transformation.

Volunteers from Hednesford Centennial Lions have revamped an empty patch of messy land in front of Hednesford war memorial.

The site now boasts a Tri Service Emblem, which represents the British Armed Forces, with a row of flowers around it.

It was funded through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund and from members of the lions group.

Shaun Middleton, president of the group, said: "We do some voluntary work around the Hednesford war memorial, and for the last few months we've been developing a little bit of waste ground outside the front of the gates.

"It's at the main entrance and it was unattended council ground before which looked a bit of a mess.

"And so we put together a project to revamp it.

"The main feature of the garden is the Tri Service Emblem – which represents the armed services in the memorial.

"It's fabulous. I've nothing but good comments about it. It's the first thing you see when you drive into Hednesford and everybody goes past it."


The project started back in January when funds were given to the Lions, after it was applied for by county councillor Bryan Jones.

Mike Wallace, from the Hednesford war memorial society, also helped make the project a reality.

Mr Middleton, 55, added: "We do regular work with the memorial itself.

"We're there every month tidying the place up with other groups.

"The land outside has always been a bit of an eyesore and the opportunity came up to improve it."

It coincides with Hednesford's bid to come first in the Best Kept Village competition – after a runner-up finish last year.

Thomas Parkes

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