27 February 2014

A VERTICAL garden is among the highlights at this year's Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS). The "live wall" has been created by the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and features different kinds of vegetation.

BIGS is being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad and is organised by the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) in collaboration with Tamkeen and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido). It was opened on Wednesday by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty, Supreme Council for Women president and NIAD chairwoman in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

Coinciding with the event is the launch a Green Capital Project, which is designed to spruce up Manama. "It's an idea focusing on creating happiness and we're focusing on recycling and beautification," said Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa. It is focused on four objectives - reducing any kind of pollution, producing green friendly businesses, introducing policies that are friendly to the environment and introducing policies that promote greenery. We are also working on renovating parks in the capital - some are being redone and some we need to push the ministries to work in that direction."

BGC chairwoman Zahra Abdulmalik said she hoped to encourage more teenagers to take part next year. "We had a great turnout - more than 400 people took part in all our competitions. But unfortunately, teenagers between 16 and 18 in both private and government schools didn't join in very much. We want to improve that. We need to bring in new blood, the younger generation. I'd like to have them involved with the club."