Your Future Solihull – in flowers


Local schoolboy Jack, a year five pupil at Balsall Common Primary School, has sprung to success with a bloomin’ brilliant design to win Love Solihull’s annual flowerbed design competition.

Love Solihull, Solihull Council’s environmental initiative, launched the competition in September as part of ‘Great Big Green Week’.

They challenged school children from across the borough to design a flowerbed inspired by ‘Your Future Solihull’ – the Council’s recently launched climate change and sustainability campaign.

The flowerbed display celebrates Solihull’s progress towards a more sustainable future and aims to raise awareness about climate change related issues such as recycling, solar power, and transport.

Jack’s winning entry – and other fantastic flowerbed designs – will be displayed at The Core Library until Sunday 12 March. Jack’s design will then be showcased in the ‘flagship’ flowerbed in Malvern Park throughout the Summer months. Kernocks, a nursery which specialises in flower displays, will be planting the display in June.

Not only will Jack’s design be seen at the park, but he’s also won a Love Solihull goodie bag and £100 of gift vouchers for his school. The vouchers will go towards environmental improvements for everyone at Balsall Common Primary School to enjoy.  Jack’s goodie bag includes a water bottle, a book about climate change, a certificate, a pin badge, and a rainbow vegetable growing kit.

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

“It was a pleasure to see all the bright and inspiring designs created by school children from across the Solihull borough this year.

“We received dozens of entries from many different schools, so it was very difficult to choose our favourite design. The creativity on display was really impressive and they had all worked hard to address the key issues we face with climate change.

“Well done, Jack.”

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Infrastructure, said:

“I’m really pleased to see the flowerbed competition making a return this year as the displays are always popular and engage local school children in highlighting important issues.

“I look forward to seeing Jack’s winning design in full bloom this Summer.”

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