Top Seeds: Our nation's sporting favourites in plants


Ambius, the world’s largest interior landscaping company, today unveiled its own floral tribute to Britain’s sporting heroes.

The firm polled Brits to find their favourite sports stars from the fields of tennis, athletics and motor racing, and then commissioned expert florists to re-create their faces utilising only plants and flowers.

Ahead of Wimbledon starting next week, reigning Men’s Champion Andy Murray (28%) was unsurprisingly announced as the top seed amongst British tennis personalities, beating Tim Henman (7%) and Laura Robson (7%) to the top spot.

In the fast-moving world of Formula One, one in five respondents (20%) voted Lewis Hamilton as their favourite British personality. In second place, with 15% of votes, was rival Jenson Button with moustached speedster Nigel Mansell (8%) bringing up the rear in third.

Jessica Ennis-Hill came out as the nation’s favourite athletics personality, with almost 30% of the votes. She narrowly beat Mo Farah (24%) who (for once) came in second, and long-jumper Greg Rutherford (3%) who claimed the bronze medal position.

To celebrate these British greats and an exciting ‘Summer of Sport’, Ambius set the ‘Academy of Floral Art’, who had five students win medals at Chelsea Flower Show this year, two of which were best in show, to work in creating a trio of unique pieces of artwork. The three portraits were designed by students and teachers at the academy and have been made entirely out of natural plants and flowers, including Dianthus, Eucalyptus and Beach leaves.

Scott Friday, Operations Director at Ambius said, “To celebrate the exciting summer of sport that is ahead of us, we wanted to create something fun to recognise some of our sporting personalities."

“Research has demonstrated that plants can improve well-being, and by allowing employees to personalise their workspace with greenery or incorporating plants and flowers within office décor you can help people feel more inspired at work.”

Julie Collins, Principle Florist from the Academy of Floral Art said, "We were delighted to be given the opportunity to create natural portraits of such key sports personalities. It was a perfect chance for our students to learn how to create complex work, source natural materials and work on a large scale using the lovely natural resources we have around us. We sourced our flower material from a local British flower grower and wholesaler, and we are extremely pleased with the outcome."

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