THE BBC Gardeners’ World Live show returns to the NEC next month and one garden on display will have a particularly local touch, having been designed by pupils from four Solihull senior schools.
Pupils from Archbishop Grimshaw Catholic School, Grace Academy, Kingshurst Academy and Smiths Wood Sports College have teamed up with Solihull Council’s Environmental Champions to create their garden – Alice in Biodiversity Land.
As well as taking inspiration from the recent Tim Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland film, the garden helps mark 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, to which Solihull Council has signed up as a partner.
The garden will take pride of place at the popular show, which runs from June 16-20.
Trish Willetts, Solihull Council’s Environment Champion co-ordinator, said the garden would show off just how talented Solihull’s schoolchildren are.
“The pupils have been fantastic in helping design and plan our garden and have already created some amazing pieces of work to go in it,” she said.
The Council has also enlisted the help of Enterprise, Ringway, Heart of England in Bloom, Touchwood, Birmingham International Airport fund and S.P. Fisher Landscapes as sponsors.
Steve Fisher of S.P. Fisher Landscapes, added: “I’m really pleased to be involved in this project and it will be a great chance for the pupils involved to learn the skills needed to put together a garden like this.”
If you have any horticultural expertise you would like to share with the garden, or want to help build the garden before the show starts, contact Trish Willetts on 0121 704 6534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Solihull News will be following the progress of the Alice in Biodiversity Land garden with a weekly update until the show takes place. Also, starting next week, we’ll be giving away pairs of tickets to the show so you could get to see the garden for yourself.