All Saints Community Centre and Kings Heath village square have today scooped yet another major award, the third since the space was redeveloped and re-opened just two years ago.
Today’s award was from the RHS Heart of England in Bloom: It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. The centre and square, which is at the heart of Kings Heath received the highest possible accolade – a Level 5 Outstanding award.
The Awards recognise communities that are taking responsibility and action to regenerate their local environment and each entry is presented with an award of either establishing, improving, developing, thriving or outstanding.
“We are so pleased to have been given the highest possible award from, the RHS Heart of England in Bloom this year. It couldn’t have come at a better time either, as next month we are celebrating the Village Square’s second birthday.
“The team at All Saints Community Centre and Village Square have worked tirelessly to create a clean, refreshing and beautiful space at the heart of Kings Heath and this award just recognises all of that hard work and enthusiasm from them all” explains Kerri Murray, All Saints Centre Co-ordinator.
As a very apt follow up to this award, Kings Heath Village Square will be hosting a range of activities and events on Saturday 19, October to mark its second birthday – including talks, tours, treasure trails for kids and even a walk of the All Saints labyrinth.
Kate Smart, Town Centre Manager for Kings Heath is very proud of this award winning space:
“The Kings Heath Village Square was redeveloped and subsequently opened as a multi-purpose public space for community groups and commercial organisations in 2012. It is a flagship destination for our town and over the past two years has really helped to put us back on the map.
“The square plays host to a wide variety of activities and events including Espirito Brum – the Brazilian cultural exchange festival and Brum Yum Yum – the foodies haven for street food. It really gives the community something to shout about, but also brings in considerable numbers of visitors from far and wide.”
The Square has also been given two other prestigious awards; in 2012 it won ‘Best Use of Arts and Culture in Regeneration’ for the 2012 Regeneration and Renewal Awards, and in 2013 it was winner of the national award – ‘Excellence in Planning & Design for the Public Realm’ Category in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, the premier awards for planning in the UK.