Birmingham display strikes gold at Gardeners’ World Live

By on 15/06/2011 in Culture, News

Fresh from success at last month's Chelsea Flower Show, Birmingham City Council's display highlighting 'The Plight of the Gorilla' has won a gold award at the prestigious Gardeners' World Live Show.

The colourful display, aiming to raise the profile of endangered primates living in Central African country Rwanda, was awarded a silver medal at Chelsea.

And this morning, Birmingham's display sponsored by Akamba, went one better at the NEC showcase with gold in the Floral category.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Silver at Chelsea was a real honour but we went into this event aiming to go one better, so I'm delighted for the team and of course for our sponsors Akamba.

 “Just as we did with last year's Road to Recovery garden we are highlighting a serious issue and thanks to our sponsors Akamba we've been able to mount another impressive display.

“It is estimated today that there are less than 400 gorillas living in Rwanda and they are almost becoming extinct due to poaching. We're looking to highlight the issue to the 150,000 or so visitors to this year's Chelsea Flower Show.”

  • The metal gorillas used in the Birmingham City Council display are all designed by British born artist Chris Canaan.  Each gorilla is unique and is sculpted from re-cycled metal such as old oil drums, cars and buses.
  • The display consists of a wide range of plants such as Tree Ferns - Dicksonia antartica, Poinsettia - Euphorbia pulcherrima, Pandanus, Bamboos, Ferns, Celosias, Agapanthus and Saintpaulia to name but a few.

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Photographs of the display are available to download via the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamculture/sets/72157626661101629/with/5750488390/

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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