How green is Chelsea Flower Show?

Environmental concerns figure highly at Chelsea this year with Nigel Dunnett’s New Wild garden, capturing every raindrop to store in two circular ponds, with nothing wasted down the drains. http://www.rhsplants.co.uk/rhs-chelsea/rbc-new-wild-garden/

Marney Hall uses solar panelling to power the greenroofed garden office of her Skyshades garden http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2011/Gardens/A-to-Z/The-Skyshades-Garden-Powered-by-Light

The B&Q sponsored 9m tall garden tower is one approach to ‘growing your own’, despite the space constraints of many urban settings. Designed by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins, the design is a response to an estimate that London would run out of food in four days if its imports were interrupted. Alongside the tower stands a 5m high insect hotel with 90 ‘bedrooms’, designed by children.http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2011/Gardens/A-to-Z/The-B-Q-Garden

It is great to see this growing interest in green issues for gardening but just wonderig what the carbon footprint of this annual extravaganza might be?

I know Chelsea has its own water source and transplants the gardens after the Show but the environmental cost of producing all those amazing flowers and trees, transporting them to the Show and watering them over the week must add up to a rather large carbon footprint I would imagine?

Watch this video which gives you the scale of the B&Q exhibit and the efforts that designers make to create their “perfect green garden”!

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2011/Video/On-the-Road-to-Chelsea

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