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July 21, 2004

Birmingham-Southern environmental center receives 2004 Urban Garden Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—An urban garden project created by the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College has been selected for the 2004 Urban Garden Award of the Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission.

The college's SEC was recognized for its Woodlawn area EcoScape, which previously received the Garden Club of America's Region VIII Award.

The Woodlawn EcoScape offers its users ideas for protecting and enhancing the environment through art, gardening, and nature study. Surrounded by an iron leaf fence, the garden produces organically grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, and plants. A recycled brick pathway leads visitors to a patio with a sunflower motif. The garden sometimes is used for community festivals, as a classroom for Woodlawn High School students, and by nearby churches to conduct outdoor services.

“The Woodlawn project serves as a successful model on how to combat urban decay,” said Roald Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center. “We work closely with neighborhood associations and churches to establish strong partnerships.”

The garden also has received strong and consistent support from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Legacy, Little Garden Club, and the Red Mountain Garden Club.

The SEC's EcoScape (or Ecological Landscape) Program, is based on a model of the college's EcoScape gardens which is used by BSC students for service-learning and environmental projects. The SEC recently completed the design and construction of a third EcoScape in the Arlington-West End neighborhood. Two other sites currently are in the design phase.

The Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission (formerly the Birmingham Beautification Board) was established in 1992 to promote public interest in improving the quality of life for all citizens of Birmingham.


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