Malvern Park has been given its annual injection of colour with a new Olympic and Jubilee themed floral carpet bed, designed by pupils from some of Solihull’s primary schools.
The competition to design this year's traditional carpet bed was won by Scarlett Humphrey, 11, of Class 5N at St. Alphege Junior school (pictured with the Mayor).
The runners-up in this year's competition were Freya Walker also of St. Alphege Junior school; Natalia Murawska from St Anthony’s Catholic Primary school and Dalia Aliwi from Yorkswood Primary school.
They were invited to a ceremony at the Mayor’s parlour, in the Civic Suite, where the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, greeted them and congratulated them on their success.
The children each received a certificate and prize for their excellent designs and a £50 cheque was awarded to St. Alphege School for the first place design provided by Scarlett.
It was up to the Council-contracters, Enterprise, to carry out Scarlett’s designs. They set about individually planting hundreds of plug plants, of different species and varieties, so that her vibrant design could be fully brought to life.
The Mayor said, “There’s been a new design for the carpet bed every year for twenty years and for 2012 the designs have been outstanding. Congratulations to all of our talented competition winners for their hard work. Scarlett’s carpet bed is really aesthetically pleasing and looks fantastic in the setting of Malvern Park – what an amazing finished result.”
The theme of the carpet bed, located near the tennis courts in Malvern Park, usually encompasses charity or community anniversaries and celebrations. But for 2012, it was decided that something special was needed.
So, in this unique year, one half of the carpet bed is dedicated to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is emblazoned with the Queen’s royal cipher, ‘EIIR’ which stands for ‘Elizabeth II Regina’. The other half displays the Olympic rings in anticipation of this summer’s long-awaited games. Running along the bottom of the bed is the slogan 'Solihull Celebrates'.
The borough’s primary schools responded enthusiastically to this competition, with over 180 colourful and artistic entrees. It is one of several competitions which are set up for Solihull In Bloom, the borough’s annual effort in the regional Heart of England In Bloom and national Britain in Bloom competitions.
Solihull was successful in achieving a gold award in the regional competition in 2011 as well as obtaining silver gilt in the national competition in 2008 and 2010.