Overgrown scrubland converted to an award-winning garden has provided salvation for the men who tend the plot… literally an army of them. Veteran soldiers from across the generations toil side by side and find an inner peace that helps them heal the painful wounds of war. The Shoulder to Soldier Community Garden in Glazebury, Cheshire, has eight raised beds where flowers, herbs and vegetables are abundant. The transformation won recognition in the Cultivation Street competition supported by the Sunday Mirror. But for ex-soldiers like Tom Houston, 41, it’s not just a garden. It’s a place where he can escape his troubles and find camaraderie. Tom, who did two difficult tours in Northern Ireland and also served in Iraq, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and tried to take his own life four years ago. He said: “I’ll often sit here at eight o’clock at night, on my own. I get peace from it. I volunteered to water the garden at night time in the summer. “Then at other times, being around the lads and the team, there’s that army banter. I find it hard to walk into a café on my own, but these people know me. “I’m undergoing counselling but… Read full this story
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