Test your Commonwealth knowledge in the Recycled Flag Trail


Residents of Solihull have the opportunity to put their knowledge of Commonwealth countries to the test by taking part in Recycled Flag Trail. Taking place in Touchwood and The Core between Thursday 28 July and Sunday 4 September, the trail features a huge variety of recycled flags made by students from across Solihull.

Have you ever wondered which country is home to the world’s largest artificial lake? Perhaps you’ve found yourself pondering which country has the world’s heaviest tortoise? Can you remember which year the Queen visited Touchwood? You’ll find out the answers to all of these important questions and more by tracking down all 16 recycled flags that are part of the trail.

The Commonwealth is made up of an incredible variety of nations and cultures. This vibrancy is strongly reflected in the magnificent flags that represent each of the member countries. Instantly recognisable symbols, flags are a key part of a country’s collective identity and can become a focus of national pride.

A few months ago, the call was put out to Solihull schools to draw upon their ingenuity and imagination to design a flag for their chosen Commonwealth country made out of entirely recycled material. Keep an eye out for crisp packets, milk tops and plastic bottles as you hunt down all of the flag locations.

To take part, you can pick up a trail sheet from the Touchwood information desk or The Core. If you prefer you can download your sheet here.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning and Housing said:

“The Recycled Flag Trail is a brilliant initiative and once again schools from across the borough have got on board and tackled the challenge with enthusiasm and creativity. The impressive flags made by the children really emphasise just what can be done with everyday recycled items such as egg cartons, jars and newspapers.

“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games promises to be the most sustainable yet and is committed to creating a carbon neutral legacy. Initiatives like this demonstrate the enthusiasm, particularly amongst young people, to protect the environment and ensure future generations can enjoy the games too. I’d encourage anyone who is popping into the town centre over the next month or so to pick up a trail sheet and get involved.”

Lucy Burnett, Marketing Manager at Touchwood, said:

“Touchwood is delighted to support the Commonwealth Games Flag Trail. The pupils have clearly worked incredibly hard on this project and it’s great to see such colourful work on display across the centre. The initiative closely aligns with our sustainability ambitions and commitment to reducing Touchwood’s impact on the environment. We invite everyone along to take part.”