Birmingham blooms at the double

By on 15/09/2011 in News

Birmingham is in the frame for a prestigious national award after scooping double gold in the Heart of England in Bloom Awards.

With a series of vibrantly colourful displays across the city, including Chelsea Flower Show award winning display The Plight of the Gorilla, Birmingham won gold and was named category winner in the Large City category.

The Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail is now entered in the national Britain in Bloom contest.

And there was more good news for the city as Moseley won gold and was named category winner in the Urban Community section, while Kings Heath and Balsall Heath won gold and silver gilt respectively.

The Birmingham city centre trail has 16 features and hundreds of floral displays along the two mile route which stretches from The Mailbox through the retail and commercial areas to St Philip's Cathedral.  There is also an innovative living wall on the hoarding for the new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square.

In addition to The Plight of the Gorilla, the Birmingham trail features the Chinook helicopter display from 2010's winning display at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Road to Recovery, in Victoria Square, a stiletto shoe and make up compact in New Street sponsored by Retail Birmingham and a fish by the fish market.  A feature celebrating the Lunar Society is on show outside St Phillip's Cathedral and new for this year, helping to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, is an impressive rabbit near to the Hippodrome.

Responding to today’s news, Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member of Leisure Sport and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is fantastic news and I would like to say a huge well done to all those involved in our submission – nurseries staff, street cleaners, city centre partners and business partners. 

“The judges were clearly very impressed when they visited Birmingham this summer and with good reason.

“I would also like to pass on my congratulations to the many dedicated green fingered community volunteers in Moseley, Kings Heath and Balsall Heath. They too help to really brighten up our city throughout the summer.”

Hilary Hall, Chair of the Floral Trail Steering Group said: “Once again this year we have had the opportunity of working with the city council, businesses, residents and community groups to decorate the city centre with floral features and displays which is a real boost to all who live, visit, work and study in Birmingham.  I urge everyone to obtain a map and explore the city centre while it looks so stunning!”

A map showing the Floral Trail route and location of features is available from Tourist Information Centres and by contacting or 0121 616 2968.


Photographs of the Plight of the Gorilla display can be downloaded here:

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  1. Bob Prew says:

    You can find out more about the Gold Award winning Kings Heath Floral Trail @