Chelsea Flower Show

Kingston Maurward College wins at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Their Aritsan Garden won a silver gilt award.
Their Aritsan Garden won a silver gilt award. Joanna Jeffery is the Head of Horticulture at the college.

Local gardeners bag RHS Chelsea show gold

BBC Midlands Today

Garden designers from the West Midlands have won five gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The council's garden
Birmingham City Council

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) event is seen as the pinnacle for many UK gardeners.

Among those to get the highest honour is Birmingham City Council, winning their eighth gold with a climate change-inspired garden.

Other gold winners include Worcestershire-based Hardy Eucalyptus, Shropshire's David Austin Roses and the Family Monsters Garden, designed in Coventry.

'Plastic garden' ready for Chelsea Flower Show gold bid

Birmingham City Council is putting the final touches to its latest Chelsea Flower Show garden in a bid to pick up its eighth gold medal.

This year's entry focuses on the environmental impact of plastics and celebrates green spaces in the city.

Show garden
Cofton Nursery

The latest display, produced again by Cofton Nursery, has seen the local authority work with TV presenter Floella Benjamin, who was also part of the team behind last year's award-winning Windrush garden.

The council said the 2019 entry celebrated a year of "clean and green" community action.

Central to the display is a three-metre-high head (pictured, top), comprising of more than 3,000 tubes, which will be drinking water from a disposable cup using a plastic straw, highlighting concerns about micro-plastics in our food chain.

Show garden
Cofton Nursery
Cofton Nursery

A giant foot will hover over the display to remind people of the carbon footprint we are leaving on the planet, it said.

A road made from recycled tyres also features, and will look at how different plants can be used to remove toxins from the environment.

Chelsea Flower Show opens tomorrow for Royal Horticultural Society members and to the general public from Thursday.