A memorial garden in honour of Smethwick police officers who have lost their lives has been unveiled by students after being given a makeover.

Students at City of Wolverhampton College spent a fortnight sprucing up the garden at Smethwick Police Station as part of their 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme.

The group of 10 youngsters revealed the newly renovated garden in front of Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Haque and West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie at a special ceremony on May 19.

The students stripped out all of the old flowers, planted new flowers, trimmed back hedges and bushes, removed litter and sanded and re-painted benches. They also raised enough money to have a new plaque made.

The students raised the £850 needed for the renovation by organising bag packs at local supermarkets.

Team Leader PC Jo Parke said: “The students have devoted immense time and effort to renovate the memorial garden. They have been committed in every task and the vast aesthetic improvement is testament to this.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.

For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.

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