Kings Heath gardeners' display of grass roots sport wins gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show

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Talented gardeners at Kings Heath Park have yet again had a hand in winning a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

It's the fifth year in a row that Birmingham parks have won the prestigious award at the event run by the Royal Horticultural Society. This year's display celebrates the work of local artist Willard Wigan and grass roots sport.

All of the flowering plants have been grown in city parks nurseries, including the one at Kings Heath Park.

The city's head of parks Darren Share says the gold medal display shines a light on Birmingham's creativity. “I’d also like to thank the team who have again demonstrated their skills combining structural elements with beautiful plants grown in the city’s nurseries and hot house,” he says.

The display features floral representations of a number of sports available in parks like Kings Heath through the city's Active Parks programme. The whole thing is pulled together with the theme of needle sculpture made famous by Birmingham artist Willard Wigan. He creates amazing tiny artworks small enough to fit in the eye of an actual needle.

The Chelsea Flower Show is open until Saturday 28 May. Birmingham's display will then be -recreated for local audiences in Cannon Hill Park alongside an exhibition of Willard’s work at the Midland Arts Centre throughout June.

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