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

Various people exploring a synthetic forest in the centre of Birmingham
Birmingham Live announce PoliNations as an ‘ecological celebration of diversity’ with promise to ignite the senses and deepen understanding of our shared history.

‘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. 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 – 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.’

"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" Angie Bual

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