Bearwood in Bloom bigger and better than ever
Published on 17th August 2012
This year's Bearwood in Bloom is bigger and better than ever.
More businesses, organisations and volunteers are joining in than ever before to make shopping areas so much more attractive and pleasing to the eye.
Sandwell Council deputy leader Councillor Steve Eling said: "This has been a great project that has really helped to brighten up the town."
Traders' Association Chair Richard Marshall said: "There are 15 main planters around the town with each one being unique.
"This year's tubs are in an array of colours and styles, including a jubilee inspired union flag, herbs, spices and even some vegetables donated by the Bearwood Allotment Society, which are free to pick for all.
"Thanks to all the traders, the Mental Health Vocational Services and the Lightwoods Park Horticultural Team, who all supported the initiative."
Sandwell Council's Mental Health Vocational and Employment Service provides support to people with Mental Health problems who need support in their preparation for work.
Its horticulture project, which has recently relocated to Lightwoods Park, provides opportunities for people to gain such skills.
They are shown plant propagation and garden maintenance and pick up experience that can be used to help them gain employment.
Graeme O'Malley, employment development manager for Sandwell Council, said: "The effort and contribution from volunteers and staff to get the job done was tremendous. Their commitment, even when heavily rained upon, was unphased and they completed the work on time.
"This bodes well for the horticulture project at Lightwoods Park and showcases that people with a mental health problem can, with the right support, work successfully."