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RHS Chelsea Flower Show – look out for the BSI Spirit of Partnership Garden relocating to our campus

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – look out for the BSI Spirit of Partnership Garden relocating to our campus

The Burma Skincare Initiative (BSI) is a charity co-founded by alumnus Professor Chris Griffiths OBE, Emeritus Professor of Dermatology, University of Manchester and Dr Su Lwin, a Burmese-born dermatologist at Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital.

At next week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 (21-25 May) the BSI will present their Spirit of Partnership Garden designed by Helen Olney. One of 35 gardens on show, it tells the story of a global dermatological partnership which supports Burmese healthcare workers treating adults and children with terrible skin conditions. All the plants in this garden are found in Myanmar and grow happily in the UK.

Thanks to the generosity of Chris and Su, and as a lasting legacy for biodiversity and societal impact, we’re delighted that the Spirit of Partnership Sanctuary Garden will be relocated to Dulwich College following the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden, to be reconstructed close to the boundary at Alleyn Park Road, will enrich our campus. A tranquil space in a busy school, we know it will be a feature enjoyed by our community and visitors alike. Already we are reflecting on medical, environmental, historical and social issues in new and deeper ways because of our responsibility for the care and cultivation of the garden.

The BBC's RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage begins on Sunday 19 May at 6.15pm on BBC ONE with a 60-minute launch programme.  Do keep an eye out for the voting information on the ‘BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award’ page (www.rhs.org.uk/) - it is live from 9am on Tuesday 21 May and stays open until 7pm on Thursday 23 May. Perhaps you would like to cast a vote for our garden?

Further information about the BSI Spirit of Partnership Garden can be found on the Chelsea Flower Show website, and about the Burma Skincare Initiative on their website, and we’ll share a further update when the garden is in place here on the Dulwich campus.

Dr Su Lwin and Professor Chris Griffiths OA

Dr Su Lwin and Professor Chris Griffiths OA

 

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