Community leaders are bidding to create a herb garden in Whitmore Reans.

Whitmore Reans Local Neighbourhood Partnership has joined forces with local resident Katherine Billington to draw up plans for a Herbs for Health Community Garden to brighten up a patch of overgrown land in the area.

And they have entered it into the Wolverhampton Forgotten Spaces Competition, organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which asks the community to come up with ideas for making better use of disused land and buildings.

Their design brings a mixture of healing herb plants and features such as a wishing tree, where residents will be able to place small tokens to show their dreams, aspirations and prayers, a Dig for Victory allotment and Anderson Shelter to show the historical use of land and a fire area for gatherings and storytelling. There will also be a workshop and retail space.

Katherine said: "We hope to be able to bring back into use disused land in the Whitmore Reans area.

"Through the competition, we want to set up a small social enterprise of local people and make this dream a reality in the near future. It will also enable us to help improve the health of local people through volunteering, and empower them to believe in their own abilities by taking part in workshops and education."

Their entry, alongside all entries for the Wolverhampton Forgotten Spaces Competition, can be seen at the Architruck - the RIBA's mobile exhibition unit - which will be at Asda until Wednesday (26 June, 2013). It is there until 8pm on most days, except Sunday and Wednesday when it will close at 4pm and 1pm respectively, and people will be encouraged to vote for the entry of their choice.

  • released: Friday 21 June, 2013