We Can Do It awards: Garden gives veterans in Portsmouth a chance to unwind

ARMED forces veterans have been given a space in Portsmouth that will help them get the support they need.

Forgotten Veterans UK, based in Waterlooville, was announced as the winners of this year’s Best Garden category at the We Can Do It awards, for the work it has been doing at Fort Cumberland in Eastney.

A new getaway for veterans with PTSD officially opened in Fort Cumberland in November. Picture: Sarah Standing (180848-2353)

A new getaway for veterans with PTSD officially opened in Fort Cumberland in November. Picture: Sarah Standing (180848-2353)

The charity has built a retreat at the fort, which will allow veterans to camp out at the fort and also get access to services to aid in their recovery from issues such as PTSD.

The CEO of Forgotten Veterans UK, Gary Weaving, says that it is a ‘real honour’ to win the award.

He said: ‘It’s absolutely wonderful to think that what we have done is being recognised in this way.

‘This is a project that I think is very poignant to a lot of people; we opened the garden for the very first time recently and that was a very special moment.

‘We are at a point now where the issues surrounding PTSD are starting to become more apparent – people are becoming more aware of it and discussions are being had in places as high as parliament.

‘I think we’re on the horizon of some real change in the way we look at and treat people with PTSD and it would be great for Fort Cumberland to be at the forefront of that.’