Friday, May 27, 2011 - 17:23

A Chelsea Flower Show exhibit which the Eden Project helped put together has won a top award.

The prize-winning plot, which features two mannequins clothed in eco wedding dresses amidst meadow flowers, was created by the world’s largest skills competition WorldSkills London 2011, which is coming to the UK for the first time in decades this October.

A team from Eden, led by its Growing for Life project developer Jo Thomas, provided facts, figures, stories, images and film for the exhibit to highlight the power of plants and what can be achieved when they’re combined with skills and human ingenuity.

The show stand, called “WorldSkills London 2011 - Showcasing Skills that Shape our World”, was awarded a Silver-gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show this week.

Visitors can explore the garden and its touch screens to find out the innovative ways humans use and cultivate plants, ranging from bamboo in China and cotton in India to flax from Canada and even fabrics made from wood pulp.

The two wedding dresses on display were created from bamboo and silk by dressmaker Julie Dutton, while the planting scheme was designed by TV presenter and garden designer Chris Beardshaw.

It combines bamboo with more traditional cottage garden plants used for dyes (such as marigolds and foxgloves), wedding bouquets (including peonies and roses) and scented fabrics (rosemary and lavender).

Howard Jones, Eden’s Living Networks director, said: “We’re delighted WorldSkills London 2011 has won this award and we’re pleased to have played a supporting role in this award-winning exhibit, providing content, ideas and stories from around the world.

“Eden and WorldSkills are about getting people involved, inspiring the thoughts and deeds of people and changing entrenched attitudes, as well as encouraging enterprise, innovation and skills to promote balance and achievement across society.”