Shropshire Star

Charity opens commemorative coronation garden with help from county's Lord-Lieutenant

A new commemorative garden has been opened by a charity thanks to support from a bank.

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Anna Turner, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire officially opens the new Coronation Garden area at The Albrighton Trust. She is pictured left, with volunteers

The OSB Group, a specialist lender and savings bank with offices in Wolverhampton, has helped The Albrighton Trust to create the new garden – which marks the year of the King’s Coronation and its own 30-year anniversary.

The garden was officially opened yesterday by Anna Turner, Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire.

Anna Turner, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, officially opens the new Coronation Garden area at The Albrighton Trust

The Albrighton Trust, Moat and Gardens, designed around the remains of a 13th century fortified moated manor house in Albrighton, offers educational and recreational activities for people disadvantaged by physical and learning disabilities or ill-health.

The new garden will offer extra community space for anyone wanting to visit.

The trust has faced challenges this year, as volunteer numbers have declined since Covid and steep inflation means funding and donations no longer cover the charity’s costs.

Lord Lieutenant Anna Turner (right) with volunteer Sandie Jackson

The OSB Group, which has offices in the area, donated £2,000 to pay for seeds and plants, gardening and landscaping equipment for the new garden, and OSB staff have been helping in the gardens every week since April as part of their company-provided volunteering hours.

Neil Richardson, chief sustainability officer at the OSB Group said: "The communities local to our operations are really important to us and supporting them is one of our core values.

"The work done by The Albrighton Trust is exceptional and we are delighted to be able to support them not only through a financial donation but also via our colleagues using their company-allocated volunteering time to help their goal become a reality. We really hope our help provides visitors with an environment that supports them and their activities.”

Stephen Jimson, manager at The Albrighton Trust said: “The support from OSB Group has helped us to achieve much-needed developments to the gardens for our visitors in a much shorter space of time than would otherwise have been the case. The donation is amazing and hugely appreciated, but having OSB Group colleagues come along and volunteer is just wonderful.”

People can volunteer at the trust every Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 3pm.

To get involved, or for more information call 01902 372441 or email