Walsall Council is one of the largest employers in Walsall and it has a regeneration team working across the borough. The regeneration officers offer support to local businesses and communities to get the best from their area.
Bloxwich Town is part of the borough and its area partnership team is supported by one of the Council’s regeneration officers who help to organise and develop events for the town.
Supported Learning students with an interest in gardening regularly take part in projects at college with great success, but to develop their experience further, they were enlisted to work with Bloxwich Council as part of the town’s entry in last year’s Britain in loom competition.
As part of their work experience project, the Green Fingers gardening team created a number of vibrant hanging baskets to brighten up the fascia of local businesses along Bloxwich High Street in a patriotic red, white and blue colour scheme. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Britain in Bloom competition aims to create a cleaner and greener Britain through community action and has helped to transform communities up and down the country. Along with other entries, Bloxwich was judged on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. Competition judges made their assessment of the Council’s entry on Monday 9th July and awarded them the Silver prize.
Learning and Development Coach, John Myler said: “The students really enjoyed taking part in this project and completed their work with great pride. They were able to put their horticultural skills into practice and gain vocational experience of working to set design briefs and deadlines.
“This is the biggest project the Green Fingers team have been involved in and we are very proud of their efforts. We are currently looking for other gardening projects which will offer students the opportunity to develop their skills even further.”
Nikki Rolls, Bloxwich & Brownhills District Regeneration Officer said: “We met with the college to discuss partnership working in Bloxwich to help both the bloom campaign and give the Green Fingers student some real life experience that could be evidenced in their portfolios.
As a result of the hard work and support the students and the college made towards the campaign, we were able to secure a higher than anticipated Silver Gilt Award, missing out on a Gold Award by only six points. Without the help of the students we wouldn’t have achieved this award and we’d like the tutors and students to work with us again next year to implement the project again and achieve our Going for Gold campaign.”