Chelsea show garden to go to new Bristol tourist attraction

Wild Place, Bristol’s new tourist attraction due to open this summer, will become home to the FERA Stop the Spread show garden once it has finished displaying at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden contrasts the beauty of a British garden with the potentially damaging effects plant pests, diseases and invasive non-native species could have on our natural environment.

Eddie Mole, head of horticulture at Wild Place, said: "There is a great synergy between the ethos of Wild Place and the Stop the Spread garden. Conservation is at the heart of what we do and the Chelsea Flower Show garden reinforces this message.

"We are honoured to be able to provide a home for ‘Stop the Spread’ and we eagerly await its reception when Wild Place launches this summer."

The garden was created by garden designer Jo Thompson, who said: "I’m delighted the garden will have a new home after Chelsea and many more people will be able to experience it for years to come.

"I’ve designed ‘Stop the Spread’ for the Food and Environment Agency to creatively show what impact plant pests, diseases and invasive non-native species can have on our environment now and for future generations.

"I hope the garden will lead to people changing their behaviour through simple actions such as the careful buying of plants and large specimen trees and shrubs from trusted growers and making sure any unwanted plants are composted carefully – never dumped in the wild."

Wild Place will open its doors to the public this summer with the 10 metres x 12 metres ‘Stop the Spread’ garden already in-situ. Wild Place will also be home to a host of animals such as zebra, eland, okapi and lemurs.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business Planning - Brace now for Brexit impact

Business Planning - Brace now for Brexit impact

Neville Stein advises how businesses can act now to protect themselves against higher plant import costs after the Brexit deadline.

Sargent's solutions: Why landscapers are better off keeping overall control of a project

Sargent's solutions: Why landscapers are better off keeping overall control of a project

Dividing up contracts can make it harder for landscapers to retain control of their projects, Alan Sargent warns.



Attractive ornamental pear trees are great for street planting as well as gardens, writes Miranda Kimberley.


The Horticulture Week Business Awards is now open for entries

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs


Build your business with the latest public sector tenders covering landscape, arboriculture, grounds care, production and kit supplies. To receive the latest tenders weekly to your inbox sign up for our Tenders Tracker bulletin here.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Horticulture Week Top 50 Landscape and maintenance contractors

See our exclusive RANKING of landscape and maintenance contractors by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS


Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers

Download your copy

Products & Kit Resources