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A community garden in the heart of Walsall has been recognized as one of the best in the world.

Caldmore Community Garden, in the heart of Walsall, has received a prestigious Green Flag Community Award for being one of the best green spaces in the country.

The garden, which is leased from leading Midlands’ landlord whg, has evolved over the last eight years from a derelict piece of land thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Mohammed Arif, the Chair of Caldmore Village Festival Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time.

“We know how much Caldmore Community Garden matters to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining such a high standard of quality green space.

“It is only through the work of dedicated volunteers that we have created and shaped this green oasis in the middle of Caldmore. We welcome everyone to our events and activities. As well as the beauty of nature, there are women’s events, a Men’s Shed and a tree house just for children.

“Thanks also need to go to Walsall Council, whg, Accord Group and the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, who have supported us along the way.”

Director of Housing at whg, Gary Brookes said, “I am delighted to be present at raising the Green Flag at this amazing garden. It is a fantastic place, somewhere children and adults from all across the community should feel proud of.”

The Green Flag Community Award is part of the international Green Flag Award scheme, now into its third decade, which signals to the public that an open space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.