ZSL wins silver at RHS Chelsea!
Tuesday 23 May 2006
ZSL is delighted to announce that our unique Gorilla Garden exhibit has won silver at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
In our very first show garden at the show, ZSL transformed a little patch of Chelsea into African rainforest, immersing visitors in the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest and giving them a taste of things to come at the Zoo.
Medals are awarded by the RHS judges on the basis of how well each show garden fulfils the themes, purpose and technical features of its original proposal.
Designed by Graham Pockett of Graham Pockett Landscape and Garden Design, the Silver Medal recognises how ZSL is pioneering the use of horticulture at London Zoo to create a greener and more enriching environment for both our animals and the public.
Inspired by ZSL’s conservation work with gorillas in Gabon, our Gorilla Garden provides the perfect opportunity to trial the planting of our exciting £5.3 million gorilla enclosure, Gorilla Kingdom, opening at London Zoo for Easter 2007.
Once Chelsea is over, all of the plants and structural elements of the show garden will be recycled for use in the permanent Gorilla Kingdom exhibit at London Zoo.