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.

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