Spectacular forest garden to be created in Birmingham city centre next year


A spectacular forest garden used to represent diversity is set to be unveiled in Birmingham city centre in 2022.

The monumental pop-up, known as “PoliNations”, is a celebration of multiculturalism through the biodiversity of plant life.

The immersive forest will be filled with real and architectural trees as well as plants, grasses and flowers grown in collaboration with local communities.

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From daisies to horse chestnut trees and dahlias to the English rose, many of the plants that we consider to be part of the UK landscape originate overseas.

‘PoliNations’ is a celebration of multiculturalism through the incredible biodiversity of plant life

PoliNations – also part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival – will celebrate the global origins of the UK’s plants and population. It will feature immersive installations, live music, talks and performances next summer and autumn.

The event will culminate in a party that brings together the spirit of the Notting Hill Carnival, Pride and Mela with the joyous anarchy of Thailand’s Songkran celebrations and the Hindu festival Holi.

It is produced by Trigger Collective and led by Bristol-based arts organisation Trigger and draws on experts in the fields of horticulture, science, architecture and the arts.

The precise location and date details were not known but it has been earmarked for next summer and autumn, with more details expected in the New Year.

“PoliNations celebrates the colour and vibrancy that plants and flowers have brought to the UK and invites us to reimagine our cities as greener and wilder places to be,” said Angie Bual, the creative director of PoliNations and Co-Director of Trigger Collective.

“Combining engineering, horticulture, theatre and music from around the world, PoliNations is a spectacular co-grown forest garden that will ignite the senses and deepen understanding of our shared history, bringing people together from all walks of life with an utterly unforgettable finale.”

Further details about where the forest will be located is due to be released in the new year.

PoliNations is part of Unboxed – a celebration of creativity – which will see ten major multi-site and digital creative projects that share new ideas and possibilities for the future appearing around the UK in 2022.

The free large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK have been produced by some of the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

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