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Tourism Malaysia presents a green gift to Paignton Zoo

PUBLISHED: 17:43 22 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:35 20 February 2013

Tourism Malaysia presents a green gift to Paignton Zoo

Tourism Malaysia presents a green gift to Paignton Zoo

Tourism Malaysia has chosen Paignton Zoo to be the recipient of the plants and trees featured within the 2011 Chelsea garden

Tourism Malaysia has chosen Paignton Zoo to be the recipient of the plants and trees featured within the 2011 Chelsea garden.



The Tourism Malaysia Garden won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 for the second year running. The 2011 garden took its inspiration from the winding jungle streams and rich traditional architecture of the Malaysian Archipelago. In 2010 the plants and materials from The Tourism Malaysia Garden were donated to RHS Wisley Garden and Chelsea Physic Garden.



Paignton Zoo is a botanical and Zoological garden and also a registered charity. As a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, the attraction is an ideal partner for Tourism Malaysia to donate its native plants used at this years Chelsea Flower Show.



The Minister of Tourism Malaysia, the Hon. Dato Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen commented:



We are extremely pleased that the spirit of our Malaysia Chelsea Flower Show garden will live on at Paignton Zoo. It is a privilege that we are able to share our Malaysian plants with visitors to this British institution. We look forward to a long and fortuitous relationship with Paignton Zoo. It is a worthy beneficiary of our gift and in keeping with our long term commitment to parks, gardens, nature and wildlife.



Plants included in the Tourism Malaysia gift to Paignton Zoo include tropical ferns, palms, elephant ear yams and the rare Malaysian Osmoxylon. All reusable tropical plants from the Chelsea Flower Show garden have been donated to the Zoo. The plants will be used to compliment the Crocodile Swamp and Reptile Tropics, two of the Zoos tropical exhibits; they will also help establish the new exotic Island Zone which will be in front of the giant tortoises.



From the beginning of the design process, the Amphibian Designs team, David Cubero and James Wong aimed to be as ecologically sound as possible, ensuring most of the gardens features and all the planting could be reused in the UK after the show.



During breakdown it became clear many materials could be reused after the show. In keeping with the spirit of the donation, these were provided to a leading charity approved by the RHS- the London Recycling Network and the Southwark Recycling Scheme. These organizations are responsible for salvaging materials such as used wooden panels and even the smallest sections of stonework for reuse in community gardens, hospitals, children's homes and other charitable projects across London.



An official handing over ceremony took place at Paignton Zoo on the 13th June, where the Councillor Derek Mills, Chairman of Torbay Council will accept the gift from High Commissioner, Mr. Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, Deputy Malaysian High Commissioner in London.

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