GOLD! From @CoftonNursery on Twitter

Birmingham City Council’s ‘Enlightenment’ display, which celebrates the forthcoming opening of the Library of Birmingham in September, has scooped a Gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show.

Staff from Longbridge’s  Cofton Park Nursery tweeted photos of progress over the last 9 days as the display was put together. The award follows on from recent successes at the respected garden show – displays incorporating the Longbridge floral mini won Silver in 2011 and Gold in 2012.

At the heart of this year’s display stands the golden rooftop rotunda of the stunning new library around which are four themed gardens.  The gardens tell the story about the £188.8 million Library of Birmingham and local writers Benjamin Zephaniah, Annie Murray and JRR Tolkien, whose book The Hobbit was the first to be placed on the shelves last month by Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council.

Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward said: “The team behind Birmingham’s beautiful display have worked incredibly hard to bring home a gold from Chelsea.

“This year’s display shows the beauty of our new library and conveys some of the magic behind three of Birmingham’s best known and most loved writers – JRR Tolkien, Annie Murray and Benjamin Zephaniah.”

Birmingham’s award winning display will remain on show at the Chelsea Flower show from Tuesday 21 May to Saturday 25 May.  It will then move to BBC’s Gardeners’ World Live show at the NEC next month before moving to Centenary Square in front of the Library of Birmingham.

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  1. It’s rather self-indulgent for councils to be presenting gardens at Chelsea. Nice garden but it doesn’t deliver value for council tax payers.

  2. Nice to win it and well done to all involved but last year we won it with our famous MINI can we have it back please in Longbridge.

  3. Great news our award winning Mini is back on Longbridge island.
    Lets hope hope they keep it there for all to see in its rightful place at the entrance to the new town centre.
    Well done to all BCC staff who made it happen i for one will fight to keep it in longbridge


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