Chelsea display to help our heroes

By on 16/02/2010 in News

B&Q and Birmingham City Council are supporting Help the Heroes at Chelsea Flower Show. B&Q are sponsoring the Council in the design and build of a garden help raise funds and awareness for the charity.

The theme of the garden will be the Road to Recovery and will depict our heroes' journey from helicopter to hospital to home. The key feature of the garden is a spectacular suspended replica Chinook helicopter. As if about to land, with a framework planted in shrubs and suspended 3.75 metres in the air, it will rise above a 'hospital retreat' garden and 'grow your own home' garden.

The garden also features an exclusive Help for Heroes limited edition petunia mix which will go on sale in all 330 stores the weekend before Chelsea Flower Show, with a donation to the charity for every pack sold so that everyone across the country can support this worthwhile cause.  Last year over £55,000 was raised for the charity through the sale of this exclusive Petunia mix.

Steve Guy, Horticulture Category Manager at B&Q says; “The work of Help for Heroes is vital and we're calling on all RHS Chelsea visitors and B&Q customers to get behind our nation's heroes by either visiting our Road to Recovery Garden or adding colour to their own gardens whilst raising much needed funds by buying the Petunia Help for Heroes mix.”

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Every year Birmingham's Park team come up with award-winning innovative ideas for their Show Gardens. It is hoped visitors will take inspiration with what has been created and in turn raise awareness for Help the Heroes and what they do to help our British war heroes.”

Road to Recovery is built by Birmingham City Council's Parks team, who have won gold 18 times over the past two decades at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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For further information please contact Birmingham City Council's media officer Thomas Jeavons on 0121 303 3392 or Zaria Pinchbeck / Jackie Hoyte at ZPR on 0207 896 3404 bandq@z-pr.com

Notes to editors:

B&Q

* B&Q is the largest home improvement and garden centre retailer in the UK with 330 stores (321stores in the UK and 9 in Ireland) employing around 30,000 people nationwide, more than a quarter of whom are over 50 years of age

* B&Q is part of Kingfisher plc, Europe's leading home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world. 

Help Our Heroes

* Help For Heroes was launched in October 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry, and gives practical aid to wounded servicemen and women.   The charity has raised £40m to date, granted £34m already and is working on the next £20m.

The Road to Recovery

* The hospital retreat garden includes paving, raised beds, a water feature, exotic architectural planting, benches for resting, feature trees and a porch with an apex roof supported by pillars with stepped access and a ramp for wheelchair users and automatic doors.  The home part of the garden will have a grow your own theme and will include fruit trees, vegetable planting, low growing fruit such as blueberries, gooseberries and strawberries, ornamental planting, children's planting, a compost bin, water butt and heritage glasshouse.

* The hospital retreat garden will include a range of impressive features, including exotic architectural planting, feature trees, and a porch entrance with an apex roof supported by pillars and automatic doors. 

* The grow your own home garden focuses on encouraging and educating people on how best they can grown their own, and is packed with fruit trees, vegetable planting, low growing fruit, children's planting and contains a heritage glasshouse.

* All plants will have been grown in peat free compost and as much of the garden as possible will be recycled.  At the end of the Flower Show the garden will go on its own journey to Gardeners World Live, then the Birmingham Gardeners Show from September 4 – 5 and will finally be housed at B&Q's new support office that is currently being built in Southampton.

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  1. jennifer Campbell says:

    Great display and and a well deserved medal. Can’t wait to see it at Kings Heath Gardeners week-end. We grow own veg as we are fortunate to have an allotment. Keep up the good work Birmingham City Council my city of culture.

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