Entente Florale Europe
The perfect end to Birmingham's Summer of Success
Birmingham is celebrating after achieving European gold for its entry to Entente Florale Europe, the ‘Eurovision’ of city horticultural and environmental achievement, and the ultimate test of not just a city’s floral excellence, but also the wellbeing of its people. A special prize was also awarded to Eastside City Park for outstanding public green space.
Birmingham was one of the first major cities to develop its green environment alongside its industrial landscape.
Birmingham covers 198km2 and enjoys a rich and diverse landscape heritage; with over 3,700 hectares of public open space consisting of formal parks, recreation grounds and wildlife conservation areas.
Today green and blue corridors stretch across the city, and flowers and floral features can be found in many of its busy retail areas. Indeed, wildflower meadows can be enjoyed throughout Birmingham - even right into the heart of the city itself.
Birmingham has one of the youngest populations in Europe, it is consequently one of the most vibrant and creative cities and is constantly evolving.
Birmingham is a place where classical and cutting-edge collide. Home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (the CBSO) led by the world famous Andris Nelsons, and the celebrated Birmingham Royal Ballet, the city is also famed for being the birthplace of heavy metal - a real heady mix of cultures.
Music still has a strong foothold in the city, Town Hall and Symphony Hall are two iconic concert halls that bring some of the best musicians and performers in the world to the heart of Birmingham.
With a dynamic and varied cultural offering there are over 50 festivals throughout the year in the city, from independent favourites such as the Flatpack Film Festival and The Moseley Folk Festival to the International Dance Festival and the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival - one of Europe’s biggest jazz parties.
Birmingham has a fantastic assortment of world-class art, from the world's largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to contemporary art galleries and thriving creative quarters packed with new artists.
With a rich and exciting history Birmingham has left many outstanding heritage attractions to discover, explore and enjoy! From jewellers’ churches and the origins of Cadbury’s chocolate, to the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbiton in The Lord of the Rings novels. Birmingham took inspiration from Tolkien for one of its displays at this year's Chelsea Flower Show...
The city has also earned itself a world-wide reputation for quality cuisine, with more Michelin stars than any other city outside London; indie eateries, pop-up experiences, cafe culture and street food are also on the rise in the city.
Entente Florale Europe is a European competition for Towns and Villages. Each participating Country puts forward a representative Town and Village. The Town and Village are visited by the Jury and an assessment is made.
The competition was founded in 1975, initially between Great Britain and France. At present there are twelve member countries and further applications are being processed.
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