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News article created on 9 October 2015

Blythe Waters wins 'bloomin' award

We're celebrating after Blythe Waters won an award at this year’s Solihull in Bloom competition.

The flowers at Blythe Waters Blythe Waters

The competition, which is open to garden and flower pot lovers across Solihull, has awarded top prize to the café located near the entrance to Blythe Waters fishery after impressing the judges with its bright rainbow coloured floral display of flower pots and hanging baskets.

The judges also liked the grass roof on the café and commented on how well the project involved the local community and anglers with flower growers providing plants and gardening advice.

Blooming marvellous

John Ellis, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Winning this award is ‘blooming marvellous’ and we are delighted we have come first. The planting and care of the flower displays is all down to the hard work of Gail, who runs the café and fishery, who has spent many hours creating a rainbow treat for everyone who comes to the reservoir.”

Gail Hopper, said: “We're delighted to have won this overall award for the Solihull in Bloom competition. We have received a lot of help from our customers and the award is as much for them as us.”

Blythe Waters is a popular match fishery and has five lakes to fish and explore. The fishery has good facilities for disabled anglers and is home to a variety of native fish species including bream, perch, gudgeon and chub.