Birmingham’s Mini display hits the big time

By on 20/07/2011 in Culture

Birmingham City Council today completed a hat-trick of top gardening honours, this time with a display featuring the city's iconic Mini car.

Fresh from winning gold at the Gardeners' World Live Show and silver at the Chelsea Flower Show, the Birmingham team secured a silver gilt award at the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Tatton Flower Show.

Funded by a grant from the RHS, the successful display was a street scene featuring a floral mini and people using a zebra crossing - all made using three-dimensional carpet bedding.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Once again our parks team has done the city proud with yet another spectacular display.

“We've already won awards at Chelsea and Gardeners' World Live this year, so this award completes what has been a remarkable summer.

“Residents will have seen the floral mini on Victoria Square last summer and I think it's great that a display featuring such an iconic image from Birmingham's proud industrial heritage has won recognition.”

Earlier this summer Birmingham's 'The Plight of the Gorilla' display won awards at Chelsea and Gardeners' World Live.

The colourful display, was designed to raise the profile of endangered primates living in Central African country Rwanda.

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