Calling all young artists, poets, photographers and bug hunters!

Cllr Andy Mackiewicz with the flowers on the green opposite Solihull train station

The team at Wildlife Ways would like you to visit their newly planted wildflowers over the summer holidays – and be inspired!

Youngsters aged 16 and under are invited to send in drawings, poems, photos and records of bugs they’ve seen in our wildflower verges and meadows. We’ll post a selection on our website – www.wildlifeways.co.uk  – and there will be some prizes for those judged the best.

Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, said: “As well as making Solihull a more beautiful and greener place to live, work and study in, Wildlife Ways will give a massive boost to wildlife.

“Over the next few years we will see a far greater range of bugs and pollinating insects, birds and small mammals thanks to the huge amount of planting that’s being done. As well as increasing the borough’s biodiversity, this will improve air quality and create a wildlife network more capable of adapting to climate change.

“People across the borough are telling us they really like the wildflowers. Please encourage the younger members of your families to be inspired by nature and send in their drawings, poems, photos and bug records to the Wildlife Ways team.”

Parents and carers should email their children’s entries to wildlifeways@solihull.gov.uk stating their child’s name (full name or first name only), age, email address and the location of the wildflowers that have inspired the entry. Please do not include close ups of people in the photos. Records of bugs should detail which bugs, how many, and where and when they were seen.

Wildlife Ways is a three year, £16.8 million programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  Since the project started earlier this year, 480 trees and 8,500 square metres of wildflower have been planted in Elmdon Park, Malvern Park, Hall Road in Castle Bromwich and the green opposite Solihull train station.  For more information about Wildlife Ways visit www.wildlifeways.co.uk

*Picture shows Cllr Andy Mackiewicz with the flowers on the green opposite Solihull train station