Birmingham is heading to Chelsea

By on 10/05/2012 in Culture, News

Parks staff will transport a small corner of Birmingham to the world famous Chelsea Flower Show later this month - aiming to secure first place for the Second City.

Aiming to build on last year's Silver Award at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society event, Birmingham City Council has joined forces with Retail Birmingham to create a display entitled The Best of Birmingham.

The colourful display, which will go on to form part of this summer's Birmingham in Bloom, will feature:

  • Birmingham Town Hall
  • The Bullring bull
  • Canal barge and lock gates
  • Selfridges
  • Mini car

And the Birmingham team is heading south determined to fly the flag for Birmingham.

Sharon Lea, Strategic Director, Environment and Culture at Birmingham City Council said: “We have a proud record at Chelsea and this year's display is one of our most spectacular yet.

“A lot of hard work goes into these displays and this year we've produced a miniature version of the city, so a corner of the world's most famous flower show will be flying the flag for Birmingham.

“After Chelsea, the display will return to Birmingham, adding a touch of colour to the city centre and attracting visitors from across the UK.”

Staff are currently putting the finishing touches to the colourful display and the Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 22 May to Saturday 26 May.

Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, the show attracts nearly 160,000 visitors each year and reaches millions more people through worldwide media coverage.

Birmingham's Plight of the Gorilla display secured a Silver Award, while 12 months earlier the council's Road to Recovery garden received a Silver Flora Award.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Artists' impressions of the Best of Birmingham display can be downloaded here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157629664982774/

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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