A pupil from St Alphege C of E Junior School is set to see his design in flowers after winning the annual Love Solihull flowerbed design competition.
Finn Sambridge-Davies, age 9, drew the winning entry on the theme of ‘Our Blue Planet’. His design will be used to transform a flowerbed at Malvern Park and highlights the impact of ocean pollution.
Finn said: “I drew this because I wanted it to be effective and simple. I was inspired by the artist Charley Harper* – my dad has lots of his books. I am so happy and honoured to win this. It’s really cool that it will be made into a flowerbed.”
The Mayor of Solihull Cllr Stuart Davis said: “Love Solihull’s annual competition is a wonderful way to get young people to think about all sorts of issues and have fun in the process. This year’s competition raises awareness of how pollution affects our oceans. The team received more than 800 entries from 20 local schools and all of the designs gave clear messages about stopping pollution and saving wildlife. The judges had a really hard time picking a winner but eventually came to a unanimous decision with Finn’s very powerful design. So, congratulations to Finn for drawing such great picture. We look forward to seeing it in flowers later in the year.”
The Love Solihull ‘Our Blue Planet’ display is at Touchwood until the end of February and can be seen by the exit next to Zara. Love Solihull contacted schools with details about the competition and gave the schools factsheets about litter and how it makes its way into our oceans.
Love Solihull is a campaign run by Solihull Council. It supports members of the local community in making a real difference to our environment and aims to make the borough cleaner, greener and safer by doing this. For more information follow Love Solihull on social media or email LoveSolihull@solihull.gov.uk to see how you can get involved.
Picture caption – L-R Lucy Burnett - Touchwood, The Mayor of Solihull Cllr Stuart Davis, Finn Sambridge-Davies, Perry Sambridge-Davies (Finn’s dad), Shameena Villars – Love Solihull
*Charley Harper (1922 – 2007) was known for his stylised wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.