Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry for 2019 celebrates a year of clean and green community action.
The council is working in partnership with Baroness Floella Benjamin and sponsored by Veolia. The garden will feature in the show’s Discovery Zone. It has been designed to educate, question and explore our environment and the contribution made by volunteers to sustain and improve it. This will be achieved through four key themes: air quality, water conservation, reducing waste and community involvement.
Central to the display is a three meter head, comprised of more than 3000 tubes, which will be drinking water from a disposable cup using a plastic straw. Through this the garden highlights the concern about micro-plastics in our food chain.
The water that is brought up through the straw is then recycled in to a series of canals that represent the 35 miles that frame the city. The canal pathways will be planted with flora which removes toxins from the environment and which show the beauty and other benefits which they bring.
A giant foot will hover over the display to remind people of the carbon footprint we are leaving on the planet.
The main source of air pollution in cities today is through transport. So, the display will also include a road made from recycled tyres and will look at how different plants can be used to remove toxins from the environment. The focus of these plants will be to demonstrate how by using allergy friendly plants, exposure to plants that can trigger allergies and asthma will be reduced.
Cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, Cllr Sharon Thompson said:
“I’m delighted that the garden recognises the army of volunteers that help to look after and maintain the 500 parks and green spaces right across the city. The work of these volunteers and of the Friends of Parks groups is vital and should be celebrated. so I’m thrilled that they have quite literally been included in the form of miniature 3D printed models of actual volunteers.”