FOUR months of planning and hard work came to fruition last Friday when judges for this year’s Britain in Bloom contest completed a tour of the borough.
Solihull is hoping its efforts are enough to become this year’s Britain in Bloom Best City, having been a National winner in the city category in 2008 and a gold award winner in the regional Heart of England city category last year.
Royal Horticultural Society judges were taken on a 40 mile tour to showcase the borough’s displays, stopping off at several locations.
The judges also had the opportunity to meet local residents at places such as Widney Manor Station where the Soroptimists have brightened up the platform with floral displays
They also met Solihull’s Environment Champions, who have worked on a range of projects from litter-picks to major park clean-ups.
Solihull in Bloom was launched in March and has included a garden competition, school art competitions and new Community Mosaic Garden in Mell Square.
Speaking to the Solihull News in Malvern Park one of the judges Jeff Bates said: “We started in Castle Bromwich Gardens which was as impressive as it always is.
“We then meandered through the high rises of Chelmsley Wood, which brings a different side of the borough to light as Bloom is not just about flowers.
“What it is about is horticulture, community and environmental responsibility and how these three things are linked in together.
“At Malvern Park the entrance is simply splendid and it’s good to see the kids are actively involved.
“What we’re looking for is the way Bloom is engaging with the community, that it’s not just what the council does but how it gets the people to take ownership of their area.”
The judges ended their tour with a reception and lunch at the National Motorcycle Museum.