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Rayne nursery will be in pole position at Chelsea Flower Show

By Braintree Chronicle  |  Posted: May 21, 2012

RACING GREEN: Paul King of King & Co The Tree Nursery with the Formula 1 car his team have spent the last few years developing out of hedge plants for the Chelsea Flower Show CMCR20120423A-148_C

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A TREE nursery has been given the green light to work with a Formula One team at the Chelsea Flower Show.

King & Co, based in Rayne, has teamed up with Formula One to create this life-size topiary car and pit crew display at the globally-renowned flower event.

After three years planning, the show will be the culmination of a lot of hard work for the owner of King & Co, Paul King.

He said: "It's taken three years to grow them to the standard required at Chelsea and a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

"But it's not over – we will have several nightmares yet."

Paul and his colleague, Lynn Ager, have worked hard through the poor weather to ensure the plants will look their best.

"Over the winter we have had little light so we have had to use flood lights and we've had a disastrous April so we have been forcing it in the tunnel, like a greenhouse."

To enhance the display the F1 Williams team has agreed to supply some real car parts, and a mock up of Williams racer Bruno Senna will be in the driving seat.

The aim of the display, which will be on show between May 22 and 26, is to tell the story of the Williams team throughout its 35-year history, while displaying the skill and artistry that can be achieved through horticulture.

A 15-metre long canvas will also illustrate the timeline of Williams' cars since 1977 and Weeping Japanese Maples will be used as the wheels to give the effect that they are growing.

"The team is a green team and they want to put the message out there," said Paul.

He added: "Apart from my family, I have two other loves: horticulture and motor racing.

"Although other teams showed interest, I've been a Williams fan since the Alan Jones years right through to this season and like many other UK fans, Sir Frank Williams represents everything that I admire in British motor racing."

The display will be shown on stand number GP1 in the Great Pavilion for the duration of the event.

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