Dunstable gardens recognised in Anglia in Bloom competition

Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer
Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer

The gardens of Ashton Grove, once Ashton Middle School, in Dunstable has received a Certificate of Nomination in the Best Commercial/ Industrial Area category in the Anglia in Bloom competition.

The middle school was recently converted into 113 homes by Weston Homes, the Ashton Grove gardens are the old school playing fields which the developer modernised into gardens with flower beds and sculptures providing a quiet space for residents.

Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer

Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer

The competition, Anglia in Bloom, ­­covers all six regions in the east of England, judges were given a presentation on the gardens and taken on a tour. In 2014, pupils created a sculpture inspired by Frederick Chapman Clemesha’s Canadian Brooding Soldier statue, they took this image and created four wooden soldiers back to back in the same ‘reversed arms’ pose. Weston Homes reconstructed the statue from sheet metal and mounted it in a stone plinth, they also inscribed the names of the pupils who gave their lives during World War One.

Bob Weston, Chairman and CEO of Weston Homes, said: “With the striking Grade II listed school building at Ashton Grove, it was important to design gardens that paid homage to the school’s history.

“Our landscapers worked hard to retain the history of the garden and the playground it had once been.”

Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer

Ashton Grove gardens. Photo by Grant Frazer