DO you ever look around your area and get frustrated if you spot problems such as vandalism, litter or fly-tipping?
Do you wish that someone would do something about it?
Solihull Council is encouraging residents to take matters into their own hands by getting involved with its Environment Champions scheme.
The council works hard with its partners Enterprise to keep the borough looking pleasant and clean, and with the help of the Environment Champions scheme, which has been running for nearly two years, has been able to tackle hundreds of community projects which have helped to improve local areas.
The Champions act as the eyes and ears of their community by reporting to the council any problems such as litter and graffiti and also by taking action themselves.
Recently, over 30 volunteers came out in force to tackle a project in Palmers Rough Recreation ground in Shirley. With the tools, paint and equipment provided by the council, the volunteers constructed a new board walk, cut back vegetation and strimmed and replanted grass.
The volunteers repainted the playground equipment, which would have cost Solihull taxpayers £3,500, but instead cost just £150 for the paint. They also cleaned off 26 graffiti tags which would normally cost £30 each to be removed – and by removing the graffiti quickly it will stop it from acting as a magnet for more.
The council provides all Champions with the support, training and equipment they need so that they can carry out their projects safely. The Champions scheme also receives support from other local organisations such as SUSTAIN, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, V Inspired, Groundworks, and Community Payback.
If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming an Environment Champion, go along to Solihull Council’s Environment Day on Saturday 13 June in Tudor Grange Park, Solihull from 10am-4pm.
If you can’t get to the event, call Trish Willetts on 0121 704 6534.