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Key Garden, created by the homeless, wins silver at Chelsea Flower Show

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The garden is a collaboration between the Eden Project, the Homes and Communities Agency, Communities and Local Government (CLG), Homeless Link, Architecture Sans Frontières-UK and the London Employer Accord

Key Garden, which was awarded silver on Tuesday, 19 May, was created by around 200 volunteers from across the country, most of whom are currently using homelessness services. People in six prisons have also joined in with the growing and planting.

Rob Greenhill, a volunteer and service user at Watford New Hope Trust, said: ‘It’s been a joy to produce the plants and see them integrated in such a beautiful display. The experience has improved my self esteem and I hope will help me gain regular work and stable accommodation.’

Homelessness Minister Iain Wright said: ‘The Key garden epitomises what is at the heart of our Places of Change agenda - that tackling homelessness for the long-run is about giving people the opportunity to unlock their potential and get their lives back on track.

It has given homeless people across the country the chance to not only be involved in a prestigious national event, but also have the opportunity to work with others and learn valuable new skills that will help them find a job.’

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