24 May 2018
In addition to it's 15 award-winning green spaces, Birmingham City Council is celebrating having just scooped a Gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for the seventh year running for a display recognising and celebrating the legacy of the Windrush Generation.
This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush in Britain and to mark this anniversary, Baroness Floella Benjamin, patron of the Windrush Foundation and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ambassador, created a display with Birmingham City Council to capture the pioneering spirit of these passengers.
Darren Share MBE, who led the work on the display for Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved our seventh Chelsea Gold for Birmingham, but ultimately this prestigious award would not have been possible without the vision of Baroness Floella Benjamin.
“Working with Floella and the Windrush Foundation gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the spirit and contributions of the Windrush Generation in a colourful and imaginative way, while also providing opportunities for people to learn about this hugely important chapter in British history.
“I would also like to thank my team who have worked so hard to bring Floella’s vision to life with the power of plants and, of course, our sponsors who have paid for the display and all the plants and moving within it.”
After Chelsea, the garden will be on public display in Victoria Square, Birmingham.