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President's award for Birmingham-designed WW1 garden

The Queen at Chelsea Image copyright Chelsea Flower Show
Image caption The Queen inspected the Birmingham City Council garden

A garden designed to commemorate the start of WW1 has won the President's Award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

It was designed by a team led by Birmingham City Council, which said it was a tribute to the men who died.

The garden, which also won one of the gold awards at the show, included a replica trench, complete with sandbags and "floral mud", the council added.

The President's Award is given to the Royal Horticultural Society president's favourite exhibit.

The garden, in Chelsea's giant pavilion, took 12 months to create and 10 days to build at the show.

Gardeners from the Royal British Legion and horticulture charity Thrive worked with the team from the council.

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Image caption The City of Birmingham train, which once transported wounded soldiers to the city's military hospitals, was recreated out of flowers
Image copyright Birmingham City Council
Image caption Five giant poppies form a waterfall in the garden

Thrive is funded by the Legion and uses gardening to help veterans recover from mental and physical health issues.

The winning garden included floral representations of goods made in Birmingham to help the war effort including the Birmingham Small Arms Company folding bike.

Council head of parks Darren Share said it "tells a story of battle, from trench warfare to fighting in the skies".

Mr Share said it was a real honour the garden received a visit from the Queen on Monday evening and he described her as a "lovely woman".

After the Chelsea Flower Show, the display will be featured at Gardener's World Live at The National Exhibition Centre from 12-15 June.

It will then form part of Birmingham's Britain in Bloom entry, which will be judged in July.

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Image caption The garden tells a story of trench warfare and fighting in the skies

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