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Michael Meacher 'goes wild' at Kew
Michael Meacher was in Kew Gardens this morning (22 May) to open a new showcase garden funded by Defra in association with Kew.
The Biodiversity Garden, created by Mary Reynolds, winner of a gold medal at last year's Chelsea Flower Show, demonstrates leading design based on principles of enhancing biodiversity. It is part of "Go Wild", Kew's 2003 summer festival; the theme of the festival is British biodiversity.
The garden is inspired by WB Yeats' poem, "The Stolen Child". It illustrates how disappearing wetland habitats and endangered species such as the otter and water vole can be saved, and how ordinary household gardens could form a significant conservation resource. It features a range of native plants and trees, surrounding a natural pond. A walkway flanked by sentinel stones leads to a huge, reclining clay sculpture of Mother Earth.
Michael Meacher said:
" This garden is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight the importance of biodiversity in keeping our environment in balance. Mary's design showcases several of the features which we are aiming to conserve with our agri-environment schemes.
" In the UK, our wetlands are disappearing and species such as the water vole and otter have become endangered. It is vital that we raise awareness of how diverse habitats, even those in our own gardens, can contribute to biodiversity and conservation and help us to slow this decline."
The "Go Wild" festival opens to the public on 24 May and runs to 28 September 2003. Defra has contributed £35,000 to the cost of design and construction of the garden.
For more information about the 'Go Wild' festival and Defra's Biodiversity
Garden, see the
Kew Gardens website.
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