voco® St. John’s Solihull and Solihull Council officially launched a new orchard in Malvern Park in a positive step towards protecting and preserving Solihull’s green canopy.
The voco® St. John’s Community Orchard was completed with a community planting day which saw local volunteer groups Be Military Fit, Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing UK, Friends of Hillfield Park, and Damson Wood Litter Pickers, along with families and local residents digging for victory. Consisting of apple and plum trees, the orchard is open to everyone all year round and will create a new space for residents and visitors to enjoy and explore.
Announced last November, the collaboration between voco® St. John’s Solihull and Solihull Council was established to support the Council’s ‘Urban Forestry’ strategy – a vision to provide positive and tangible benefits for the health and wellbeing of the Solihull residency.
Jane Bowler, General Manager, voco® St. John’s Solihull said: “We are delighted to finally open the voco St. John’s Community Orchard. The orchard not only helps to increase the tree population in Solihull, but it also provides a new space for residents to enjoy at any time of the year. It’s important for any business to have a positive impact on the local community but we’re proud to be leaving a lasting legacy that can be enjoyed by generations to come. We can’t wait to see the first harvest of fruit later this year.”
Councillor Stuart Davis, The Mayor of Solihull, said: “I am delighted to be a part of creating this new orchard in Malvern Park and it’s been wonderful to see so many members of the local community joining in. We are very proud of the parks and green spaces in our borough, so it’s pleasing to see local organisations like voco® St John’s Solihull supporting us as we continually invest in them.”
voco™ is committed to delivering quality and sustainability; from reducing single-use plastics with glass water bottles, aerated shower heads reducing water usage, and removing miniature bathroom amenities, to adopting high-quality bedding made from environmentally friendly materials in its rooms. With sustainability at the core of the brand, voco® St. John’s Solihull has worked with the council to help protect the green canopy in Solihull.
The UK’s second voco™ property, which reopened its doors following a major refurbishment in February 2019, has 180 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities, a restaurant and bar, business centre and 13 meeting spaces. The hotel brings to guests a unique experience, brought to life through a bold, distinctive identity, informal service style and thoughtful touches along the guest journey, such as cosy beds and bedding, rejuvenating aerated showers and vibrant and sociable bar and lounge spaces.
Solihull Council launched its revised Urban Forestry Strategy in 2019. To find out more, visit:
voco™ is IHG’s newest hotel brand, which launched in 2018. The roll-out of voco™ has commenced in IHG’s Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region, with plans to take it to the Americas and Greater China over time. The brand currently has six hotels open including properties in Cardiff, Oxford, Dubai and Australia.
To learn more about voco™, visit: www.vocohotels.com.
Photo caption 1: Left to Right, Councillor Courts, Jane Bowler General Manager at voco St John’s Solihull hotel, and The Mayor of Solihull, open new voco® St. John’s Community Orchard in Malvern Park
Photo caption 2: Over 70 members of the local community helped plant trees in the new voco® St. John’s Community Orchard in Malvern Park
Photo caption 3: Left to Right, Councillor Hawkins and Jane Bowler General Manager at voco St John’s Solihull hotel, break ground in new voco® St. John’s Community Orchard in Malvern Park
Photo caption 4: Left to Right, Mabel and George along with mum and teacher Carly from Wonderwoods Forest School, joined over 70 people planting trees in the new voco® St. John’s Community Orchard in Malvern Park