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Acocks Green pulls out the stops in bid for Britain in Bloom gold award

Solihull Editorial 21st Aug, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

IT IS not just flowers that now adorn the roundabout in Acocks Green.

Three, giant silver whistles have been planted in amongst the flowers as part of the Acocks Green Village in Bloom team bid to ‘go for gold’ in the urban category in this year’s Britain in Bloom.

The whistles, which originally formed part of Birmingham City Council’s entry into the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, pay honour to the Birmingham-made whistles used in the trenches during World One.

Fran Lee, Co-Ordinator of Acocks Green Village in Bloom, explained: “Around the whistles the team has tried to evoke plants of the battlefields using Red Antirrhinum and white and pink Cosmos to give the appearance of the red of poppies and white of daisies.

“Wild flower seeds including poppies were sown in the middle as it was thought they may not flower in time for judging, but they have and they look marvellous, especially when reflected into the whistles.”

This year’s entry into the Britain in Bloom competition follows years of success at the competition, with Acocks Green village gained a Bronze award in 2012, Silver in 2013 and Silver Gilt in 2014.

And this year, the team are hoping they can secure a coveted Gold award.

Presentations for Britain in Bloom 2015 will be be held in Rugby on September 10.

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