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8th Aug, 2022

Solihull schools create the Commonwealth in a wheelbarrow

Sarah Mason 23rd Jun, 2022

COLOURFUL blooms celebrating the Commonwealth burst into life in wheelbarrows at BBC Gardener’s World Live thanks to Solihull schoolchildren.

To celebrate the arrival of the Commonwealth Games, 18 school from across the borough was asked to plant a barrow which represented one of the Commonwealth countries for the show which took place at the NEC.

After choosing their country pupils were asked to make a creative and colourful wheelbarrow inspired by local flora and fauna, national heritage, cuisine and culture with a focus on edible plants.

Reaping the fruits of their labour, students could take satisfaction in knowing their wheelbarrows were on display in front of tens of thousands of visitors at the BBC Gardeners World Live show which attracts garden enthusiasts from all over the UK.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning and Housing said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our schools taking part in this challenge and learn about the incredible breadth of biodiversity from Commonwealth countries around the world.

“Unfortunately, the reality is that some Commonwealth countries are particularly at risk from climate change impacts such as flooding caused by rising sea levels and droughts brought on by soaring temperatures.

“However, learning about the unique flora of these countries will help the next generation appreciate that we need to do everything we can to slow down global warming.

“It’s so important that school pupils get these hands-on experiences with gardening and nature conservation, as it may well spark further interest outside of the classroom and even develop into a hobby or shape their future career interests later on in life.

“Protecting and enhancing the environment is one of our key priorities at the Council and it’s one of the borough’s greatest assets in the fight against climate change.”

A display of wheelbarrow photos for the CORE Commonwealth Games Commonwealth Games Exhibition will be on show in Solihull Town Centre next month.

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