Gold at Gardener’s World

Birmingham City Council and the Royal British Legion have scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for their spectacular WW1 themed design – and for the first time won the president’s award for best in show in the grand marquee - Images courtesy of Jas Sansi

Birmingham City Council and the Royal British Legion have scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for their spectacular WW1 themed design – and for the first time won the president’s award for best in show in the grand marquee – Images courtesy of Jas Sansi

Birmingham City Council and the Royal British Legion have been awarded a Gold Medal and Best Exhibit in the Flora Marquee at Gardener’s World Live.

The spectacular WW1 themed design has already scooped both a Gold award and president’s award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Inspired by the events of WW1, the show-stopping design – made entirely from flowers and sustainable materials – tells a story of battle, from trench warfare to fighting in the skies.

Birmingham City Council and the Royal British Legion have scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for their spectacular WW1 themed design – and for the first time won the president’s award for best in show in the grand marquee - Images courtesy of Jas Sansi

Birmingham City Council and the Royal British Legion have scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for their spectacular WW1 themed design – and for the first time won the president’s award for best in show in the grand marquee – Images courtesy of Jas Sansi

The garden also features floral representations of goods made in Birmingham to help the war effort including Hudson whistles, famously used to signal troops ‘over the top’ of the trenches and the Birmingham Small Arms Company folding bike.

The ‘City of Birmingham’ train, which once transported wounded soldiers to the city’s military hospitals, is seen recreated out of flowers while at the centre, five gigantic poppies will tower above the display to form a waterfall.

The floral display was created with help from national charity THRIVE, which runs a local project in Birmingham funded by the Legion.  They use horticulture as a route to recovery for veterans with mental and physical health issues and local veterans designed and built the display.

Gardener’s World Live ran until 15 June at the NEC.