Funding has been achieved from Community First and Brierley Hill traders…£5,000 in total.
Growing has started at part of Stourbridge College/Birmingham Met’s foundation horticultural course.
Council has given us a bit of a run around in finding out who to talk to re the correct planters to buy in/make. Fortunately local ward councillor Rachel Harris is now taking a lead on this, so hopefully this will be resolved soon.
Target is to ‘start small’ – buy planters asap, then target planting activities in May 2014, targeting one area in High Street vicinity.
Once we know what to buy then approach property owners and ask if they will help contribute.
Overall positive. We’re on our way. Next meeting scheduled for 15th November.
Imagine Brierley Hill in the summer sun blazing with colour, with hanging baskets, flowers, greenery all around. Imagine a community coming together to show they care for their town. Imagine people willing to give their time freely to look after their town. To take pride. To make a difference.
This is the vision of Brierley Hill in Bloom. With £5,000 of funds from Brierley Hill Traders Association and Community First Brierley Hill work is underway to make the dream come true.
A Stourbridge College Student has won a competition to design a logo for the Brierley Hill in Bloom Project. Taylor Margetts-Burt submitted her design in Spring last year following a feasibility report which was commissioned by Dudley Council.
The competition was judged by Brierley Hill Town Centre Partnership which thought that all entries were a very high standard. Taylor’s design won out at it was “…colourful and distinctive and the options to change colours meant that the logo could be used by different elements for the project to create sub-identities”.
The Brierley Hill in Bloom project has received £5,000 of support from Brierley Hill Traders Association and Community First Brierley Hill. Work is now taking place to create an action plan to take the project forward with an implementation during 2014.
A project to brighten up the centre of Brierley Hill High Street is underway. Following a feasibility study funded by Dudley Council, Brierley Hill traders have pledged £2,500 towards the project. This has now been matched by £2,500 from Community First, Brierley Hill – a government initiative to encourage volunteer participation in the local community.
Shane Birch-Bastock, who chairs the traders association met with Lynn Glazzard of Stourbridge College and Tim Sunter, chair of Brierley Hill Civic Society to see how to take the project forward. Stourbridge College run a highly successful horticultural course based in Kidderminster.
Initial thoughts are that, although it may be possible to do something this year, the demands of the growing season mean that the project should aim to make its first impact during 2014.
The next step is to draw up a budget for the scheme, contact key stakeholders and engage with volunteers.