Judges in a competition to find Europe's best garden city were today being shown around some of Birmingham's best-known historical landmarks.
They set off this morning and have taken a tour around popular spots including Eastside, Millennium Point, Sarehole Mill, Longbridge, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Guinea Gardens, St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row and Birmingham Council House.
The visit is part of the judging process for the Entente Florale competition, which aims to pick the best horticultural and environmental city in Europe.
Birmingham will be up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Belgium on September 27.
Birmingham has been chosen to represent the UK in a competition to find the best environmental city in Europe.
This weekend, a judging panel made up of dignitaries from across Europe will visit some of the city's best-known historical landmarks as part of the Entente Florale contest.
Birmingham is up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.
They will be judged on both their horticultural and environmental qualities.
Whether you love or hate bees, there is no denying that we all need them. But with the wet summers and harsh winters we've had, the bee population is shrinking rapidly.
At one farming estate in the Midlands, they've lost 102 of their 150 hives. So they've taken drastic action by importing £10,000 worth of bees, from Italy - to try to boost numbers. Kate Fisher reports.
£10,000 is being spent on bringing bees from Italy to Ludlow to replace 102 hives lost during the poor weather.Read the full story ›
£10,000 worth of bees are arriving in Ludlow today from Italy to repopulate 102 hives lost following the poor weather.
A Queen Bee will be placed in a hive before keepers open a box of the new arrivals and wait for them to swarm towards the Queen.
At Ludlow Food Centre their bee hives have taken a hit over the last 18 months following the bad weather.
They fed their bees a sugar solution over the winter to keep them alive. It seemed to be working, but they ended up losing 102 or their 105 hives.
Bees are being brought from Europe to Ludlow Food Centre, to replace the hives that have declined in recent years.
In Ludlow, 102 out of the 150 hives have gone, which is believed to be mainly down to bad weather.
The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent.
Speaking at the sentencing of 21 climate change activists who shut down the West Burton Power Station in Nottinghamshire last August, the judge at Nottingham Magistrates Court described the activists as:
"...decent educated men and women, many of whom already volunteered in the community… I take into account the conscientious motives of all of you"
Climate change protesters have been sentenced to a total of more than 3000 hours in community service for shutting down a power station in Nottinghamshire last Autumn.
The judge at Nottingham Magistrates Court handed out 16 community service orders. The following 5 people involved were given conditional discharges which means they will not be punished as long as they don't commit any other offences.
Twenty of the protesters were each charged £85 in costs.
The judge also ordered that the 16 climbers who scaled the towers at the West Burton Power Station would not have their climbing equipment returned to them - each set costs up to 800 pounds each.
Twenty-one climate change protesters have avoided prison terms for shutting down a power station in Nottinghamshire.
They were warned they could go to prison for stopping operation at the West Burton Power Station last Autumn. More to follow.