THE BOROUGH is getting “wild about wildflowers” after the 17th Solihull in Bloom competition was launched last week.
Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Irene Chamberlain, officially opened this year’s event, run by Solihull Council, Notcutts Garden Centre and the Solihull News, at Hillfield Park.
Coun Chamberlain said: “Solihull’s motto is town in country and this competition shows we’re living up to that.
“It’s a fantastic community event and also shows that you don’t need the biggest garden to enter.
“Some of the most inspiring entries I have seen over the years have come from a tiny place which is absolutely full of flowers.”
Local residents, businesses and community groups now have the chance to enter their floral displays to try and win hundreds of pounds worth of Notcutts vouchers.
David Hitchman, manager of Solihull’s Nottcutts which revealed its unique Flower Power car, covered from wheel to window in grass and flowers, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting Solihull in Bloom. It encourages everybody, of any ability, to share and submit their entries and is an excellent way of getting people involved with enhancing the borough.”
Solihull is also hoping for success in Royal Horticultural Society’s wider Britain in Bloom 2012 campaign, in the city category.
As part of this year’s wild about wildflowers theme, volunteers planted thousands of seeds in a new wild meadow at Hillfield Park which Ron Hill, vice chair of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said would act as an oasis for wildlife in “a green desert” of grass.
“We have lost 95 per cent of our wild meadows in Britain. Wildflowers are very important for wildlife, particularly to help our poor ailing bee populations.
“Here we are planting several species of wildflower which I hope inspire people to value and appreciate wildflowers in their own gardens.”
To enter Solihull in Bloom, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullinbloom or watch out for entry forms in the Solihull News.