Saving the Atlantic Rainforest, Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS Chelsea Flow Show is a major highlight of any horticulturalist’s calendar and in 2010 the World Land Trust participated, showcasing the wonders of the spectacular Atlantic Rainforest. The World Land Trust not only shared the beauty of the Atlantic Rainforest but also the highlighted the importance of its preservation.
The WLT Exhibit
The World Land Trust garden was in the Lifelong Learning section and named ‘World Land Trust: Saving the Atlantic Rainforest’. It celebrated both the International Year of Biodiversity and the Trust's 21 years of direct conservation action in saving and preserving tropical forests and other critically-threatened habitats.
The exhibit included an area of lush Atlantic Rainforest, a ranger’s hut and kitchen garden and a tree nursery representing the reforestation projects undertaken by the Trust.
Learn more about the exhibit:
- Find out more about the design, set-up and co-ordination of the exhibit »
- View a day by day account of the exhibit set-up »
Sir David Attenborough (CH, FRS, World Land Trust Patron) about the work of the Trust:
“I am of the opinion that tropical forests must be saved at all cost. And as Patron of the World Land Trust I applaud their decision to bring attention to the plight of the Atlantic Rainforest at Chelsea this year. I also fully support the Trust’s drive to save as much of the ‘real thing’ as is humanly possible. Despite man’s sophistication we are unable to recreate anything quite so wonderful.”
After the event
The WLT exhibit was awarded a Gold medal and won best in show for the continuous learning section.
Read about the WLT's Gold Medal winning Garden: STOP PRESS: WLT Wins Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The World Land Trust is grateful to its supporters and sponsors of the Chelsea Flower Show exhibit
The WLT Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit continues to delight visitors in its new location at Chester Zoo.
After helping the WLT create such an inspiring exhibit, Chester Zoo were keen to make sure it would be used after the event, and so offerred to make a permanent display about the exhibit and WLT, at the Zoo. The WLT exhibit can now be visited in the Tropical Realm at Chester Zoo, where it sits amongst tropical plants and is surrounded by free flying birds.
Find out more about the WLT exhibit at Chester Zoo.
Video: Bill Oddie in the Atlantic Rainforest
WLT Chelsea brochure
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WLT Chelsea insert (with plant lists)
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Plants and the Atlantic Rainforest
- Read about the Atlantic rainforest
- Learn about Atlantic Rainforest Orchids
- Find out about useful Rainforest plants
- View the WLT plants section for more about Atlantic Rainforest plants