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November 2017

Supporting Solihull’s Streams

Volunteers from Handy Mans, Jaguar Landrover, Solihull Council and Ecuity collaboratively work together as the Sustainability Visioning Group to complete environmental projects in Solihull.

On Friday 10th November, the group tackled a problem in Knowle Park, which was the stream had become clogged up with litter and natural waste. With the water not running as well as it should, the water was stagnated in areas and the footpath along the stream had become very boggy.

The group consisted of eleven volunteers, and spent three hours being in the cold stream using tools and their own hands to remove the blockages. It was great to see the water running properly, and the group also cut back trees and bushes that were overgrown onto footpaths.

These improvements to the woodland in Knowle Park may go unnoticed, but the works are really important and we are sure all users of Knowle Park will appreciate the hard work carried out by the Sustainability Visioning Group.



The Bahá’í Community of Solihull celebrate the 200th birthday of Bahá’u’lláh in Damson Park

On Saturday 4th November the Bahá’í Community of Solihull celebrated the 200th birthday of Bahá’u’lláh by supporting a Love Solihull project in Damson Park. A local resident donated five beech trees, and these were looked after by Friends of Damson Park in a member’s garden for weeks leading up to the volunteering morning. Love Solihull also provided 200 daffodil bulbs that were planted in flower beds created by the Friends of Damson Park.

Twenty five people, including children, began the day by referring to quotes from the Bahá’í writings as a source of inspiration for their conservation work. The works carried out by the Bahá’í involved planting the trees and bulbs, cutting back undergrowth in order to open up a sight line into the laurel coppice and tidying up the park by litter picking. The day was a joyful occasion with laughter, new friendships and food. All were refreshed by having come a step closer to nature and learning new conservation skills.

Love Solihull and Friends of Damson Park would like to thank the Bahá’í community for dedicating their Saturday morning to helping our environment. We look forward to watching the tree’s growing and seeing the Daffodils in the spring.

If you would like to find out more about Friends of Damson Park then please visit their Facebook page

To learn more about the Bahá’í community please visit their website


October 2017

Crocus planting for Polio awareness

On 31st October, Halloween, the LoveSolihull team, Solihull Rotary Club and Saint Alphege School put on their gardening gloves to plant some Crocus bulbs to raise awareness for Polio week.

Previous preparation had been made the day before with help from the Park Rangers by using a turf cutter which enabled us to roll away the grass ready for the bulbs to be planted underneath.

Solihull Rotary bought 10,000 Crocus bulbs to plant in Malvern Park, each a vivid purple colour which should hopefully flower in early March. The reason for planting purple Crocus’ is because the amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.

With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.

Both Saint Alphege Infant and Junior School were eager and excited to get their hands dirty for the great cause! Solihull Rotary club were joined by 75 children from the schools throughout the morning, all head to toe in ‘outdoor’ clothing (the teachers were well prepared for the messy shenanigans that the bulb planting may have bought!)

Whilst the Rotary club handed out bulbs, prepared the soil and helped roll over the turf, the children were busy digging and planting bulbs in each hole.

A great morning was had by all and we wait in anticipation for the flowers to bloom early next year! A special mention to everyone who took part but especially to Solihull Rotary Club who LoveSolihull hope to work with again in the near future for another worth while project!


Bank Invests in Elmdon Park Nature Reserve

Staff from the Solihull basedpark SecureTrust Bank volunteered their time to take on some nature conservation work in Elmdon Park Local Nature Reserve.

On a warm September day, works were undertaken to reduce and remove overgrown trees that were shading light and soaking up water from other plants.

The team found it hard work but loved seeing the difference team work can make to the park!

Thank you to everyone that took part.


Lavender Hall Park gets lots of help from local business

Over two days in September, staff from Robert Half, a recruitment agency, carried out a series of enhancements in Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common.

Thanks to their help, a bird parkfeeding area was re-established, the gates had a new lick of paint, paths were cut back to provide better access and so much more.

It’s great to see such an effort from all those taking part. Thank you!

For information on how your business can get involved in projects that support the community please click here.


Have You Noticed How Tidy Knowle High Street Is?

litterOn Friday 6 October, a strong team of twelve volunteers representing the Knowle Society put on their high visibility jackets and protective gloves to tidy up Knowle high street and the surrounding areas.

The Society’s last litter pick was back in March, and members were enthusiastic and determined to fill as many bags as possible. The brilliant work of these volunteers made a notable difference to the high street, and produced over twenty bags of litter.

All equipment was provided to the group by Love Solihull. Litter picking tools are available for all similar groups to borrow, just contact us by emailing


 July 2017

Solihull’s Green Flag Award Success

For the 15th year running, Solihull’s green spaces have been recognised for their quality with a Green Flag award. The award recognises public open spaces for their horticultural standards, sustainability, cleanliness and community involvement.

Bentley Heath Recreation Ground has been given the award for the first time giving Solihull a total of 15 recognised public open spaces. Sites retaining their awards are: Babb’s Mill Local Nature Reserve, Dorridge Park and Dorridge Wood Local Nature Reserve, Elmdon Park and Local Nature Reserve, Hillfield Park and Local Nature Reserve, Knowle Park, Lavender Hall Park, Malvern and Brueton Parks, Meriden Park, Palmer’s Rough Recreation Ground, Robin Hood Cemetery, Tudor Grange Park, Olton Jubilee Park, Shirley Park and Woodlands Cemetery.

To find out about Solihull’s parks and open spaces please visit:

For information on the Green Flag Award visit the official website:


June 2017

Active Citizens Funding Events: Get Involved

Funding events are being set up across Solihull to bring police, partners and communities together. Six events held at community locations will brief members of the public on policing in their area, give members of the public a chance to discuss what matters to them in their community and discuss volunteering opportunities within the borough.

Lyndon, Elmdon, Olton, Silhill . Mon, 10th July, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Land Rover Social Club, Billsmore Green ( just off Rowood Drive), Solihull, B92 9LN. For more info call 101 ext 891 6080 or email

Shirley. Tues, 4th July, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Shirley British Legion, Parkgate, Shirley B90 3GG. For more info call 101 ext 891 3034 or email

Castle Bromwich, Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst. Tues 11th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Arden Hall, Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, B36 9PB. For more info call 101 ext 892 6035 or email


May 2017

Bank Invests in Communal Garden

24th May 2017:  A team from Lloyds Banking Group have taken a day off work to restore a communal garden in Shirley.  The garden at Tivoli Court, a supported housing scheme for customers with learning difficulties managed by Bromford Housing, needed work to rejuvenate the garden. Raised planters were weeded, emptied, layered with stones for drainage, refilled with soil, topped with compost and painted.  Shrub beds were weeded, plants cut back, fruit frames re-built and garden furniture cleaned and painted.   Users of Tivoli House will now be planting up the garden with lots of flowers, vegetables and fruit plants.

Thanks to Lloyds banking Group and Bromford Housing in supporting this project.


Compost Awareness Week 7th -13th May 2017

As part of International Compost Awareness Week, Love Solihull and Solihull Council is encouraging more residents to get composting with a fantastic offer promoted in partnership with
Residents can purchase discounted compost converters from as little as £17.98 and with the fantastic “Buy One Get One Half Price” offer, residents can purchase a second compost converter from only *£8.99 (RRP £39), a massive saving! As well as compost bins, you will also find food waste digesters and hot composters allowing you to compost all of your household food waste!
Home composting is an easy and effective way of recycling some of the daily waste we produce, while providing significant benefits for our gardens, reducing waste sent to landfill and improving our carbon footprint. It is simple to do and once you get started, you will be surprised at just how much daily household waste can be
recycled. It’s also a cheaper alternative to chargeable garden waste collections and has the added benefit of producing a FREE supply of top quality compost will put some life back into the garden.

Find out what compost bins are on offer


April 2017

The Literary Litter Pickers

The Literary Litter Pickers are community led litter picking groups working across Solihull operating on a regular basis from our community libraries.  These groups are open to anyone who wants to help make their area tidier. Participants can socialise afterwards with a well earned cuppa on their return. The groups are supported by Love Solihull, Library Services and Solihull Council.

Group are working in Olton, Hobs Moat and Dickens Heath and we are seeking leaders to run picks in other areas including Shirley, Knowle, Castle Bromwich and Marston Green.

If residents are interested in setting up their own litter picking group, or would like to join the Literary Litter Pickers, call 0121 704 6673 or email  Litter picking equipment is provided by Solihull Council.


Can our local businesses help you with your community project?

Businesses are choosing group volunteering in Solihull as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs.  Love Solihull is looking to partner these businesses with community groups so that their employees can assist with projects in Solihull.

If you have a community project that you think could benefit from this then please provide us with details by clicking here.  We ask that your project match is submitted by a representative of your community group and that sustainability of the project is considered within your application.

We will consider all applications and any projects that are suitable will be displayed on our website so that businesses can select from them.


Land changes out of the blue

Eagle-eyed residents who have seen some areas of land in Solihull turn blue recently may be wondering why. The reason is that recycled denim has been used to help wildflower seeds to germinate.

Solihull Council has identified sites across the borough for growing wildflower and during April, seeds have been sown using a technique called hydro-seeding.The seed is sprayed onto the ground with recycled denim fibres as this helps to retain moisture and allow the seeds to germinate.

It is anticipated the wildflowers will be in bloom from July to November.

The areas of land have been selected according to their size, visibility, access and growing conditions. They are: A452/Birmingham Road island, Winchester Drive/Bosworth Drive, Maxstoke Lane/Birmingham Road island, Kineton Lane/A4300 Stratford Road island, Lowbrook Way open space, Bickenhill Lane/Airport Way island, Bentley Heath Park, and Malvern Park.


March 2017

Mini Greenhouses and Collection Vehicles

Amey and Solihull Council were invited to visit Mulberry Bush Nursery School in Marston Green to show the pre-school children (3 and 4 year olds) the big lorry and to do an activity.

The morning started with Amey taking a Refuse Collection Vehicle to show the pre-school children up close. The children were able to look at the vehicle. Amey then demonstrated to the children how the lift at the back of the vehicle operated.

After the vehicle demonstration the children returned to their classroom where they made mini greenhouses with Waste & Recycling.

Children decorated empty pop bottles, which were then cut near the base. The children then placed cotton wool into the small part of the bottle and then planted and watered their seeds. With a little bit of help the tops of the bottles were put back on. The children are growing strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cress, sunflowers, chrysanthemums and marigolds.


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