On Monday 25th October the youth parish council was fortunate to have a bright, sunny and dry morning when over 100 people gathered at the village green to witness the ceremonial planting and dedication of a new tree in the sensory peace garden at the village green. Youth Councillor Ruth Jennings was joined by the family of Rifleman Joseph murphy who was sadly killed in 2009 in Afghanistan. Parish council chairman, Councillor Pauline Allen welcomed invited guests, local residents and representative of local organisations to the event. Youth councillor Ruth Jennings was supported on the day by the Vice-Chairman, Youth Cllr Miss Natasha Browne and several other youth councillors and parish councillors.

Youth Cllr Jennings said “A tree symbolises so much- it gives new hope, brings new life, and offers a brand new start. A tree promises to blossom in the spring, and be there from generation to generation- it is a constant in an ever changing society. The hope of the Youth Parish Council is that this sensory garden will be the focal point of this village green for years to come, and will develop and grow with the community who it is ultimately designed for.

The dove tree is dedicated to peace for both this country and overseas. This garden is an example of the positive actions the youth can promote within Castle bromwich. it is for everyone to use and enjoy, and to remind people of the sacrifices made in the pursuit of peace.”

Prayers were led by Rev. Gavin Douglas, rector of St. Mary & St. Margaret church and Rev. Stuart Carter, vicar of St. Clement of Alexandria. Thanks were also expressed on behalf of every member of the Youth Parish Council to everyone who has given their support, time and effort to help create the garden. Special thanks were given To Carl Ferris (from the hall’s garden centre in Castle Bromwich) “as the man who had deciphered the planting schemes, drawn up by those who cannot tell the difference between one green plant and the next”. Also to the Community PayBack Team, who completed the groundwork. The Youth Council also worked in partnership with local community groups, residents, local schools and local business to make this garden a reality and they were thanked for providing financial and practical support. The garden will evolve as plans continue. After guests had finished looking at the tree and the garden, youth/parish councillors hosted a reception at Arden Hall.