Thank you very much for your support in our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest diameter hanging basket. However, it is with regret that I have to inform you that as a result of the extreme weather conditions on Monday 25 June, the basket partly planted up, shifted slightly on its frame. In view of this and in the interests of safety, the Project Team had no alternative but to abandon the Challenge on this occasion.
The atrocious weather conditions caused havoc on our project as it has in so many other places across the country and on behalf of the Project Team we wish to thank everyone involved for your resolute support.
Event: Guinness World Record Largest Diameter Hanging Basket Challenge
Purpose: To break the world record and raise funds for social and therapeutic horticultural charities and organisations
Basket: 11 metres in diameter, 50 tonnes in weight, made from scaffold poles, constructed by the army.
Venue: Basket to sit on a sleeper plinth in Centenary Square, Central Birmingham
Time: Build will start on June 17th and reain in place until the 30th September 2006
Suspension of the Basket: 24hr period - 6pm 12th July to 6.30pm 13th July 2006 - height not in excess of 3 metres
Verification of Challenge: Throughout the 24hr period by named monitors
A brave & ambitious project that was humbly supported by our plinth of railway sleepers. Thankfully it wasn't them that caused the abandonment of the attempt !!