An eleventh consecutive gold medal for horticultural excellence has been earned by the city council at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The 631 parks and open spaces of Birmingham were celebrated and promoted through the entry, which has continued the tradition of promoting the council’s excellence on a world-renowned stage.
Sponsored by Lendlease, the display showcased a wide range of aspects of the history of parks in the city, which account for 3,700 hectares of land – something that was not always the case.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Congratulations to our hardworking and talented parks and nurseries team – once again they have done the city proud.
“This year’s display showcases our bold green city in an interesting and informative way, helping break down the common misconception that we are not a place with a flourishing natural environment.
“The history of our parks and open spaces is genuinely fascinating and helps explain why Birmingham is the fabulous place it is today.”
Neil Martin, CEO, Lendlease Europe, added: “This win is testament to the hard work and creativity of everyone involved. Birmingham’s garden truly reflects the beauty of the hundreds of parks and open spaces across the city, and I’d encourage everybody to come along and enjoy this creative and beautiful garden over the summer.”
Plans are being made to exhibit the display in the city’s Cannon Hill Park this summer – in recognition of the fact it is 150 years since the venue first opened to the public.