A VETERAN’s allotment project at Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury has scooped a regional award.

Leigh-based Shoulder to Soldier’s, which has had a green space at the Warrington Road centre since October, has won the Best Community Garden project with Cultivation Street.

The judging panel in London praised it for being an inspiring garden that provides a haven for veterans, including those with PSTD.

It was also noted that the allotment has been opened up to schools and children’s groups recently.

Shoulder to Solider founder Linda Fisher said: “This has been an amazing project to be part of and our team are proud to have won the regional award.

“We have had so much support from the local community and have received many kind donations.

“Veterans with specialist skills have used their talents to deliver an inspirational allotment to be enjoyed by all who come down.

“The allotment has a remembrance garden as a main feature and people from all across the country have sent in remembrance crosses.

“We also have a Valhalla boat from a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach which is now a main feature.”

The charity have also been awarded £1,000 and 100 geraniums for winning the prize.

As well as Shoulder to Soldier's allotment, there are 40 others at the site.

Bents outdoor manager Matthew Dickenson added: “We were delighted to be able to provide Linda and the team at Shoulder to Soldier with a plot at our allotments and we have really enjoyed seeing it develop and grow over the past few months. 

"The team work extremely hard and have transformed what was a blank plot into a living, growing and beautiful place to be.

"This award is a great recognition of their commitment and enthusiasm.”

For more information about Shoulder to Soldier visit shouldertosoldier.org.uk.