AS preparations for Gardeners’ World step up a gear, a group of creative workers with learning disabilities has produced an eye-grabbing feature for Solihull Council’s show garden.
The talented team, from Newhams Bishop Farm, Berry Hall Lane, were tasked with creating four wooden standards to mark the entrance and exit to Alice in Biodiversity Land – the council’s garden, which has been designed by four local secondary schools and built by volunteers.
The group were given a general brief – to produce a standard for each suit from a deck of cards and paint each one in a colour to represent a season – but let their imagination take them above and beyond.
Not only were the four, colourful standards sculpted but the group made slots in them to fill with crawling ivy, as well adding a glitter finish to the standard heads to ensure they sparkle once the show opens on June 16.
Jason Cook, assistant manager of the farm, supported the group with the standards and was impressed with his team’s work.
He said: “They’ve really enjoyed putting these together and have done an excellent job.
“Now we’re so close to the garden opening it’s so much more real than when we first took on the job and everyone’s very excited – we can’t wait to see our work take pride of place at the show.”
Every week the Solihull News is giving away a pair of tickets to Gardeners’ World Live, giving you the chance to see Alice in Biodiversity Land for yourself. To win this week, just answer the following question: Which farm made and painted the standards for Biodiversity Land? Email your answer to email@example.com
* BBC Gardeners’ World Live runs at the NEC from June16 - 20.