PoliNations is a project inspiration by natural diversity. It reflects on the UK's complex histories surrounding migration and diversity; celebrating the colour and beauty of nature, and the importance of green spaces.

The idea behind PoliNations derived from the wave of Black Lives Matter protests that coincided at the same time as the coronavirus lockdowns. This was a time when people were reconnecting with nature, their identity and place within the UK.

PoliNations became a project exploring the relationship between plants, cultural identity, and civic activism. It uses plant life as a metaphor to understanding why we’re so multi-cultural.

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The PoliNations city-centre forest garden is bursting with thousands of plants. These plants have been co-grown and co-planted with local schools and community groups. Towering above are the canopies of 40-foot tall architectural trees.

The PoliNations schedule features forest tours, audio baths, live music and light shows. As well as costume design workshops, sensory experiences, and spoken word performances. All events are free and open to everyone including dogs.

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I visited PoliNations multiple times when it took place in Victoria Square, Birmingham. It was wonderful to explore the urban garden, and imagine what our cities could look like if we prioritised nature.

Finding a spot among the flowers, under the huge mushroom-like trees and giant bullrushes, was a joy to experience. The loud city instantly melted away in this oasis of calm.

The light and sound show that took place at sunrise and sunset was spectacular to witness. It turned the garden into a soundscape wonderland of light and music.

For the finale, there was an explosion of colour and confetti with a Ballistic Seed Party that combined a Caribbean carnival and Holi celebration. PoliNations was a true celebration of celebration of cultural diversity, individuality and self-expression.

Photographs by Jack Spicer Adams.