Anthony Collins trainees show their green fingers

A group of trainee solicitors swapped their Blackberries for shovels and rakes when they transformed a derelict waste ground into a therapeutic garden for rehabilitation patients.

Trainees from Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham fundraised for the past year, raising money to transform an overgrown garden into a therapeutic environment for adults with brain injuries.

The gardens at West Heath House, a 25-bed residential rehabilitation facility for adults with brain injuries, got a massive makeover when the team showcased their DIY skills, clearing paths, cutting back bushes and even building benches.

The 15-strong team hopes their handiwork will play an important role in creating an environment for patients to relax and engage in sensory stimulation exercises.

Trainee solicitor Gemma Bell said: It was evident how large a part the gardens could play in the patients day-to-day lives, and as a group, we wanted to help provide an environment which would really make a difference. We worked with the centres staff to develop a vision for the garden, and then took to the task with zeal.