Step into an amazing city-centre forest garden – a celebration of colour, beauty and natural diversity. 

PoliNations is a city-centre forest garden of magical proportions: an epic array of colour and nature. Starting with a single large tree structure in Edinburgh, PoliNations will grow into an immersive forest in the heart of Birmingham filled with real and architectural trees – in an oasis of thousands of plants, grasses and flowers co-planted with the city’s residents. 

This super-natural wonderland will unearth the origin stories of the plants we know so well. From daisies and dahlias to horse chestnut trees and the ‘English’ rose, many of the plants common to our gardens aren’t originally from the UK. Together, they tell stories of journeys and movement, dispersal and new roots. 

PoliNations is a celebration of colour, beauty and natural diversity – a place to explore, enjoy and be your unique true self. Towering architectural ‘Super-Trees’ will drink rainwater and create electricity using wind power, as the forest plays host to a vibrant free events programme. Experience music from around the world, marvel at an incredible nightly light show and then join us for our grand finale, where our Super-Trees will burst into joyful clouds of colour. This is Pride, Carnival and Holi combined in one brilliant, messy and playful all-day-all-night party – and everyone’s invited. 

PoliNations is produced by Trigger Collective and led by Bristol-based arts organisation Trigger, drawing on experts in horticulture, science, architecture and the arts from the likes of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to the Notting Hill Carnival, from London 2012 to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. It is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. 

Forest

Get involved! 

We’re looking for people to help us grow, plant and care for the thousands of plants and trees that will make up our epic forest garden – and there’ll be lots more ways you can get involved, from planting and learning activities to costume-making workshops and more. For more, visit polinations.com and sign up to the PoliNations newsletter. 

Credits 

PoliNations is created by the critically acclaimed team behind The Hatchling:  
Trigger, award-winning creators and producers (The Hatchling, WithYou, Curio) 
Carl Robertshaw, multidisciplinary designer & artist (Björk, Ellie Goulding, London 2012 Opening & Closing Ceremonies) 
Bronia Housman, set & costume designer (Bristol Old Vic, Take That, Sadler’s Wells) 
Dock Street Events, events specialists (MIF, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture, GDIF, Hull UK City of Culture, London 2012 Opening & Closing Ceremonies) 

In collaboration with:  
THISS, architecture, research & spatial design studio (The Bartlett, UCL, London Met) 
Chris & Toby Marchant of Arbor-Nova Ltd, horticultural designers (contributions to RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal-winners, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Maggies, Royal Marsden Hospital). 

Key information 

When 

TBA 

Where 

Birmingham & Edinburgh 

Suitable for 

All ages 

Admission 

Free