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Garden triumph

SATURDAY found me braving the crowds of Gardeners World Live at the NEC.

SATURDAY found me braving the crowds of Gardeners World Live at the NEC. The show has shrunk over the years but nevertheless the RHS tent was as stunning as ever.

However the real highlight was Alice in Biodiversity Land, the show garden designed and created by Solihull school children and put together by the borough council and local volunteers.

The reason is simple - of all the gardens on show, from gold medallists to also rans, it was the only one that showed a real mark of genius. The concept is of the moment, tying in the Alice in Wonderland 3D movie and the International year of biodiversity, no other garden there demonstrated such awareness.

The designs of the children were stunning too, from the mosaics to the Dodo hammered out of recycled beer cans created by students at CTC Kingshurst.

Indeed one of their students, Stephanie Mullett, a young lady who could sell coals to Newcastle and who undoubtably has a bright future, was, together with her colleagues, busy handing out leaflets and explaining the concept to all the passers-by.

The garden is a wonderful achievement, and if this is the kind of drive and enthusiasm our young people have, then the future will be safer in their hands than the present is in ours.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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