CHILDREN in Solihull borough are being encouraged to draw designs for a flowerbed in Malvern Park – on a climate change theme.
Youngsters can jot their plot, with a focus on eco-friendly themes such as recycling, food sustainability or reducing carbon emissions.
The flowerbed competition is being run by Solihull Council’s Love Solihull initiative.
Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This competition is a fantastic way of getting the borough’s young people to engage with environmental issues. The flowerbed in Malvern Park is in a great location, so I hope that many children will enter the competition in the hope that their design will be on display for many people to enjoy.”
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, added: “I am really pleased that the theme for this year’s competition is climate change, as it’s a top priority for the Council.
“Engaging young people in this fun way will hopefully encourage more people to think about what it means and how they can play their part in protecting the environment.”
The council requested ‘creative and imaginative’ designs, with suggested ideas including reducing air pollution, saving energy or using more sustainable food products.
As well as having their design brought to life in the flowerbed, the winner will also receive a Love Solihull goodie bag and their school will receive £100 worth of gift vouchers.
Love Solihull said: “Please submit designs on A3 paper with the entrant’s name, age and school clearly labelled. The closing date to enter is Friday January 24. The carpet bed is a half-moon shape – the council can provide templates via [email protected].
“Send designs in to: Love Solihull Community Engagement Officer, Environmental Services, Central Depot, Moat Lane, Solihull, B91 2LW.
“The winning design will be chosen by a panel including Councillor Hawkins and Councillor Mackiewicz. The winner will be announced in February.”