Tatton Flower Show
The display at Tatton Flower Show

A floral display featuring an iconic mini has won three major horticultural honours for Birmingham City Council.

The floral mini, which has previously been on display right next to the MG Motor plant on a traffic island on the A38 at Longbridge, was the centrepiece for an ambitious display featuring people (fashioned from carpet bedding and plants) crossing a flowery zebra crossing.

Today’s silver gilt award at the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Tatton Flower Show follows a silver award from the Chelsea Flower Show and a gold at the Gardeners’ World Live Show. The previous two awards were for Birmingham’s  ‘The Plight of the Gorilla’ display which was designed to raise the profile of endangered primates living in Central African country Rwanda.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Once again our parks team has done the city proud with yet another spectacular display.

“.. I think it’s great that a display featuring such an iconic image from Birmingham’s proud industrial heritage has won recognition.”

Walking Through Longbridge
The mini on display on Longbridge Island last summer - by Sas Taylor on Flickr

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