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Students help Brierley Hill to bloom

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 06, 2014

Students and traders come together to brighten up Brierley Hill

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GREEN-fingered students have cultivated and planted flowers as part of a team who are driving forward this year's Brierley Hill in Bloom project.

The Brierley Hill Traders' Association has secured Community First funding of £2,500 to match its own contribution towards the Brierley Hill in Bloom project. The funding encourages people to give time, expertise and resources towards community based projects they identify in their areas. Total money invested in the project is £5,000.

Shane Birch-Bastock of Brierley Hill Traders' Association, said: "This is the first year we've worked on a Brierley Hill in Bloom project and we've been encouraged by the interest from local traders and businesses. It's great to be working with the local community to invest some money in our local community and the High Street will be lined with baskets and planters full of flowers which will enhance the experience for shoppers and anyone passing through Brierley Hill."

Lynn Glazzard, Assistant Director for Foundation Learning at Birmingham Metropolitan College, said: "Level 1 Horticulture students based at the Centre of Excellence for Foundation Learning in Kidderminster have been cultivating all kinds of plants throughout the year as part of their course.

"We were approached by the Brierley Hill Traders' Association to help with planting the baskets for the High Street which is a great experience for the students."

Dudley Council Highways Department have also offered their support with advice and securing the planters safely in place. Other supporters include the Brierley Hill Civic Society, Brierley Hill Market, Jennings Homer & Lynch Architects, Brierley Hill Traders' Association, Greencare and Groundwork.

If any local businesses, individuals or community groups would like to sponsor one of the planters/baskets the cost will be £15 and there will be a need to take responsibility for watering, maintenance and upkeep. Contact Julie Stepney on bloom@brierleyhill.org.

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