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News article created on 8 June 2016

Canal boat garden at Gardener's World Live

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network

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Together with ABC Boat Hire we'll be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016.

Mike Grimes, head of boating at the Canal & River Trust, explains: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Gardener’s World Live to help create a fantastic Canal Boat Garden feature for the event. 

“The Canal Boat Garden will include a lock side scene complete with a full size narrow boat donated by ABC Boat Hire as well as some old lock gates from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.”

Focus on invasive plants

Surrounded by planting typical of the ecosystems found alongside canals, the Canal Boat Garden display will also include a Lock Keeper’s cultivated Garden and a 'moving roof garden' on the narrow boat itself, to give inspiration to those wanting to grow flowers and edibles in tight space.

The Canal Boat Garden also has a focus on invasive plant species, which costs us thousands of pounds a year to clear and can be a real frustration for boaters and are damaging to native wildlife.

Paul Stone is a veteran garden designer and Gold Medal winner having exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show amongst many others. Veolia are supporting the Canal Boat Garden by donating Pro-Grow products.  

Mike continues: “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand at the event where we will be offering information about visiting the canals, our Great Nature Watch, becoming a Friend of the Trust and invasive plants species threatening our waterways. 

“We will also be offering visitors the opportunity to enter our special show competition to win a £500 canal boat holiday with Drifters Waterway Holidays.”

The Show is open 9am till 6pm daily, 16-19 June 2016. Tickets include free entry to the BBC Good Food Show.