Broadcaster, charity worker and politician Baroness Floella Benjamin was the talk of Chelsea Flower Show this week after she revealed her climate crisis-inspired garden – and won a gold medal for it.
In partnership with Birmingham City Council, Benjamin helped design a garden with one key message: we all need to do our bit to reverse climate change chaos, now.
The Royal Horticulture Society ambassador told the Big Issue: “I didn’t want to just point at climate change to say ‘this is bad’ – I wanted it to make people think about what they personally were going to do.
“Let’s start inventing our way out of climate change.”
At the centre of the display is a three meter-tall head made out of over 3,000 tubes; it can be seen drinking out of a disposable cup using a plastic straw.
Water is brought up through the straw then recycling through a canal network, with those pathways lined by low-allergen flora which removes toxins from the environment.