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Windrush garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

GOLD: The Windrush garden was awarded a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

A GARDEN celebrating the Windrush generation has won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The entry, constructed by Birmingham City Council, has scooped the top award.

Baroness Floella Benjamin told The Voice: “I am so delighted that my RHS Chelsea Windrush Garden has been awarded a gold medal.

“Two years ago I came up with the idea to create an RHS Chelsea Garden to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury in 1948. It was Birmingham City Council who took up the challenge and have been brilliant in constructing a showpiece display which captures all the symbolism and vibrancy of both the Caribbean and of the Britain the Windrush pioneers found here in Britain.

Benjamin, a patron of the Windrush Foundation and Royal Horticultural Society ambassador, said that the garden had been a hit with visitors.

“The garden has really captured the imagination of the visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show and has demonstrated all the immense contribution Caribbean people have made to the wonderful country. I wanted to involve children in the display and around its base are drawings and paintings depicting how youngsters interpret the Windrush story. I hope it will create a lasting legacy for generations to come and give the Windrush generation and their families a sense of pride in their achievements.”

Darren Share, who worked on the display, said: “For us, this display presents a unique opportunity to tell the stories of Windrush passengers and their descendants, many of whom went on to play an important role in shaping the Birmingham we know today.”

The Windrush garden celebrates people from the Caribbean who came to the UK aboard the ship to live and work.

One side of the ship represents life in the Caribbean, the other illustrates life in Britain and small figurines adorn the deck of the model Empire Windrush.

The Chelsea Flower Show is on until Saturday May 26.

The Windrush display will be recreated in Handsworth Park in Birmingham after the flower show.

Birmingham City Council has been awarded a gold medal at the flower show for the last six years running.

The exposure of the mistreatment of members of the Windrush generation by the government has sparked a political scandal which led to Amber Rudd resigning as home secretary.

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