‘I Love Selly Oak’ Doorstep Challenge

By on 14/04/2011 in News

Gardening has never been more on trend as Birmingham holds its “I Love Selly Oak Doorstep challenge”, giving its residents the opportunity of winning numerous prizes.

The event is run by Birmingham City Council's Selly Oak constituency and The University of Birmingham's Guild, and will take place in Bournbrook. The challenge will run from 28th April to 16th May 2011, with the support of many local organisations.

The competition encourages residents in Bournbrook to take responsibility and pride of their local area as they are asked to put their gardening skills into action.

The simple task of potting and planting, and taking a before and after picture, puts the participants in with a chance of winning various shopping vouchers. The gardens will be judged with first, second and third place participants receiving the prizes.

The 'I Love Selly Oak Doorstep Challenge' competition was launched by Selly Oak councillors Alistair Dow and Robert Wright; getting your hands dirty has proven to be a success since.

The event will be officially launched on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 10am outside the Selly Oak Area Caretaker House at 33 Dartmouth Road. 

Entries for the challenge can be submitted to The Guild of Students at Birmingham University (http://www.guildofstudents.com/) from Thursday 21st April 2011 until Monday 16th May 2011.

The event will conclude with a  clean up day to take place on Friday 9th May, in conjunction with the competition. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said:

'We have organised the cleanup day because if more residents are going to be making the effort to tidy up their front gardens to improve the look of their property and the street where they live then we felt a general cleanup of the whole area would be in keeping with this.  It is hoped that this challenge will encourage both students and permanent residents to take pride in their properties and to show them the difference a bit of a tidy up can make to the aesthetic quality of an area.'

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