Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Solihull Neighbourhoods In Bloom garden to go to NEC

Councillor Tony Dicicco with pupils from Widney Junior School

On Monday 25 May, work began to assemble Solihull Council’s feature garden for the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show which will take place at the NEC from 11-14 June.

The garden has been designed to showcase the great work undertaken by the whole Solihull community in contributing to the Solihull Neighbourhoods In Bloom (SNIB) gardening competition. It will follow the concept of a home in full bloom, featuring a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room all filled with flowers and plants.
Local schools and community groups have each created sections of the exhibit and the Council has been supported by various local businesses and partners in producing the display – which includes a dining table, chairs and fireplace made from wooden pallets by British Gas.
Newlands Bishop Farm and Bluebell Community Gardens have both shown their support by growing plants for the garden, and so have a number of local schools, including Widney Junior School.
Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing & Regeneration, paid Widney Junior School a visit to take a look at the work they’ve been doing in contribution to the garden. The school boasts its own ‘grow zone’, where pupils have been cultivating strawberries, lettuces, runner beans and more. They also keep three chickens, called Princess Lay-er, Queen Egg-lizabeth and Lady Victoria Peck-ham!
Councillor Dicicco said: “The Solihull Neighbourhoods In Bloom competition recognises the work of those green-fingered residents who put their hearts and souls into keeping the borough looking lovely. The feature garden is a great example of the wider Solihull community working in partnership - and as Widney Junior School is proving, you’re never too young to get stuck in.”
Also contributing their time and hard work are St Alphege Junior School, Yew Tree Primary School, Cranmore Infant School, Arden Academy, and Merstone School. Kingshurst Arts Space is providing artwork for the display including floral cushions.
The garden is sponsored by British Gas, Apollo Cradles Ltd, Graham Facilities Management, Green Thumb, Friday Lane Nurseries, Hawkesmill Nurseries, Shirley Aquatics, Solihull Community Housing, Teal Turf, and Craddocks Nurseries.
The deadline for entries for Solihull Neighbourhoods In Bloom is Friday 12 June, with judging taking place in July – so even if your garden isn’t pruned to perfection when you enter, you still have time to prepare. 

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