The Discovery Zone returns to the Great Pavilion at RHS Cheslea

From the increasing threat posed by pests and diseases to the benefits of bees and take-home urban inspiration, the Discovery Zone offers the chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of educational exhibits...

Cutting edge science and technology will be showcased in the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is sponsored by M&G Investments.

From the increasing threat posed by pests and diseases to the benefits of bees and take-home urban inspiration, the Discovery Zone offers the chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of educational exhibits.

Significant anniversaries will be celebrated and explored, including a decade of Help for Heroes, 50 years of Capel Manor College, and a 70th anniversary celebration of the voyage of the famous MV Empire Windrush from the Caribbean to Tilbury Docks.

Highlights include…

Action for Oaks

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) highlight the importance of Oak trees and the iconic part they play across the British countryside, making up 16% of our broadleaf woodland and supporting more than 2000 other species. Air and soil pollutants, pests and diseases and changing weather patterns are threatening British Oaks, this interactive display highlights how we can protect them for future generations.

Honey money  

Over the past 25 years, Bees for Development has helped some of the poorest people in the world to keep bees and break out of poverty by using honey and beeswax to create income to pay for food and education, giving young people without land or opportunity the chance to create a sustainable livelihood. Examples of the charity’s work across the globe will be on display, from their beehives in Africa to ‘Bee Houses’ designed for gardens around the UK, each of which can house up to 50,000 honey bees.

Plants from Across the Atlantic

Birmingham City Council, who have exhibited in the Great Pavilion with consecutive gold medals since 2011, make their Discovery Zone debut with a vibrant display in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the voyage of HMT Empire Windrush from the Caribbean to Tilbury in Essex. Working with RHS Ambassador Baroness Floella Benjamin, the exhibit will portray the personal experiences of people moving from the Caribbean to start a new life in Britain, featuring a mixture of plants from both regions and demonstrating the important part allotments played in helping different communities to integrate.         

#Plantswork

Indoor Garden Design’s (IGD) second co-creation with Ikea demonstrates a range of houseplants creatively displayed within a home office environment, providing information on how ‘greening up’ work spaces can significantly improve productivity. #plantswork explains the different benefits selected plants can offer when used in this particular setting, and aims to show how Biophilia – the suggestion that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems – works to improve our wellbeing by connecting us with nature.

Helpful horticulture

The Force for Good by Sparsholt College aims to highlight the positive experiences horticultural therapy has on individuals going through recovery supported by the Help for Heroes charity. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Help for Heroes hope the exhibit will demonstrate how gardening can aid physical recovery and improve mental health for all.

Tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 – 26 May) are now available at: www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea


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