Landscaper Mitch Westwood of Westwood Solutions, who designed and project managed the St John Ambulance Memorial Garden at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, has been made a Member of The Order of St John in recognition of his work for the charity.
According to Rev. John Davis, Chairman of St John Ambulance in Staffordshire, the honour is a rare distinction, not usually awarded to non-members of St John Ambulance.
“This is a very important award – it is an Order of Chivalry, similar to more well known orders,” Rev Davis said. “Mitch has been recognised for his significant work as Project Manager over a three year period, developing the splendid National Memorial Garden for St John Ambulance, which has provided an essential point of focus for our organisation and is visited regularly by many members. The National Memorial Garden has created tremendous interest and has highlighted the selfless work of those who have faced danger and sacrificed their lives in the service of St John Ambulance. It stands as a continual reminder to all of our work and everyone here in Staffordshire is delighted that Mitch is to be recognised for all his time and commitment to the project.”
Mitch Westwood is working at the forefront of sustainable landscaping and has appeared regularly on BBC TV, providing expert opinion on landscaping work, both on Watchdog and Rogue Traders. He is also an award winning garden designer with over thirty years experience, as well as being a Vetting Officer, Adjudicator and Competition Judge for the independent industry body, BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries).