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Calling all children! Design a climate change-themed flowerbed

Children across the borough are being encouraged to design a flowerbed that will be created in Malvern Park later in the year.

This year’s competition, run by Solihull Council’s Love Solihull initiative, is based around the theme of climate change.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, said: “This competition is a fantastic way of getting the borough’s young people to engage with environmental issues. The flowerbed in Malvern Park is in a great location, so I hope that many children will enter the competition in the hope that their design will be on display for many people to enjoy.”

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning & Housing, added: “I am really pleased that the theme for this year’s competition is climate change, as it’s a top priority for the Council. Engaging young people in this fun way will hopefully encourage more people to think about what it means and how they can play their part in protecting the environment.”

Designs should be creative and imaginative with suggested ideas including reducing air pollution, saving energy or using more sustainable food products.

As well as having their design brought to life in the flowerbed, the winner will also receive a Love Solihull goodie bag and their school will receive £100 worth of gift vouchers.

Please submit designs on A3 paper with the entrant’s name, age and school clearly labelled.  The closing date to enter is Friday 24 January. The carpet bed is a half-moon shape – please get in touch if a template is needed.

Send designs in to: Love Solihull Community Engagement Officer, Environmental Services, Central Depot, Moat Lane, Solihull, B91 2LW.

The winning design will be chosen by a panel including Councillor Hawkins and Councillor Mackiewicz. The winner will be announced in February.

Love Solihull supports members of the local community in making a positive difference to the environment and aims to make the borough cleaner and greener.

In addition to the new flowerbed display, Malvern Park will see a further transformation this year when a selection of cherry, apple and pear trees will be planted to form a new orchard. A community tree planting day is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 19 February - look out for more details nearer the time.

For more information or to ask any questions about the competition or community tree planting day, please email


Photo caption: Cllr Hawkins and Cllr Mackiewicz next to the flowebed in Malvern Park encouraging children to enter the competition.

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