A GREENER welcome awaits passengers arriving into Heathrow to celebrate National Gardening Week and the Chelsea Flower Show.
More than 170 volunteers sporting Wellington boots and gardening aprons will be dispersed around three of the terminals, sharing planting tips and handing out wildflower seed packets to encourage gardening at home.
In a first for the airport, Heathrow's partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), has transformed the forecourts at terminals 3, 4 and 5 into a living art installation of traditional English garden displays by horticulture award winner Tony Smith.
Mr Smith has previously scooped three RHS best in show awards and gold at RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court, RHS Tatton Park and Gardeners’ World Live Flower Shows.
He said: "Creating living art installations for Heathrow has been a fantastic challenge. It’s amazing to think that so many international visitors will be able to enjoy my work and I hope the gardens are a memorable welcome home for British travellers."
More than eight million passengers will be greeted with aromatic floral bouquets between April 15 to May 25, and the theme will continue throughout the restaurants with specially designed menus to celebrate the season.
Colin Matthews, Heathrow CEO said: "Heathrow is pleased to join forces with the Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate some of the best of Britain with visitors from around the world."