Green fingered volunteers in Walsall have been recognised for their work in creating two blooming good community gardens.

Rosehill Community Garden in Willenhall and the Rough Hay Community Garden scooped awards at the Royal Horticulture Society Heart of England in Bloom Awards in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category.

Rosehill Community Garden, which was developed and maintained by Midlands landlord whg customers at St Giles and St Ann’s Court, won a Level 3 award. The garden includes a grassed area, flower beds, a water fountain, a seating area, a wooden windmill and a fairy trail garden for children.

Meanwhile, Rough Hay Community Garden won outstanding for the second year in a row. The child-friendly green space on Hall Street East features a play house, hopscotch paving and a large blackboard, alongside raised growing beds where children and adults can grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables and learn about healthy eating. It is linked to whg’s community room where customers can come together  to enjoy a range of activities including gardening.

The gardening projects are part of whg’s Health Team’s Active Aging programme, that helps people stay physically active for longer and encourages them to connect with people around them to help boost their mental wellbeing.

Tracey O’Loughlin, whg’s Community Project Officer said: “These gardens have been established through the hard work of local customers, who have all dedicated hours of their spare time in helping to make the gardens flourish. They thoroughly deserve these awards that recognise their efforts.”

Both of the gardens were created in partnership with whg contractors Pinnacle.