Youngsters from Green Rock Primary School, Blakenall Heath get ready for some tree planting as Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council (rear, left), urban forestry team members (in red) and Bloxwich Carnival Queen Jessica Jones (third from left, rear) look on (Pic courtesy Walsall Council)
Dateline: 7 April 2011
Schoolchildren have marked the beginning of this year's Bloxwich in Bloom entry by taking part in a tree planting project.
Youngsters from Green Rock Primary in Blakenall Heath and Lower Farm Primary in Bloxwich have teamed up with Walsall Council's district centre management team and Bloxwich Business Partnership to support the village's entry in this year's Heart of England in Bloom competition. Walsall Council's urban forestry team have also been lending their support to the tree planting project.
Bloxwich is entering the competition for the first time this year after being inspired by the example of Aldridge, Darlaston and Willenhall who took part last year.
Judging is based around three main categories which are horticultural achievement, environmental awareness and community involvement.
Nikki Rolls, Walsall Council economic regeneration officer, said: "This is the first year Bloxwich has entered the competition and everyone is hoping to make a real impression with the judges.
"It's great to see both these schools playing their part and I would like to hear from anyone else with suggestions for community projects. These can take a wide variety of forms from tree planting to painting and general tidy ups."
The Heart of England in Bloom competition annually attracts around 1,350 entries from small villages to large cities. This year all five district centres - Aldridge, Brownhills, Bloxwich, Darlaston and Willenhall have entered the event.
Community groups, individuals and organisations interested in offering their help should contact Nikki Rolls on 01922 652507.
For Bloxwich Business Partnership's Facebook page, follow this link.