Jade wins Mytholmroyd garden restoration award

Hebden Royd town councillor Jade Smith, second from left, with her award at Mytholmroyd Memorial Garden, pictured with some of the children involved in the project, Jean McDonald of the Open Space Society, and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker
Hebden Royd town councillor Jade Smith, second from left, with her award at Mytholmroyd Memorial Garden, pictured with some of the children involved in the project, Jean McDonald of the Open Space Society, and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker
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The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has given a special, individual commendation to Jade Smith of Mytholmroyd for her work on the restoration and improvement of the village Memorial Garden.

The award was presented as part of the upper Calder Valley’s “Valley of Lights” celebrations.

Jean Macdonald, vice-chairman of the Open Spaces Society, said: “We introduced this award last year to recognise the good work that goes on all over the country in protecting and improving open spaces for the public to enjoy.

“The judges saw several good projects around the country.

“We hadn’t originally planned to make an award to an individual, but the judges were bowled over by Jade’s approach and the effort and enthusiasm she brought to making something happen which has benefited the whole community.

“I am absolutely delighted that I have been able to visit Mytholmroyd, and see the wonderfully-restored memorial garden, and to meet Jade and present her with her award on behalf of the society.

“She really is an inspiration.”

Jean presented Jade with a framed certificate and an acer tree to plant in the memorial garden.