Organisers have cancelled a popular gardening show amid fears it could have proven a washout.
The Birmingham Annual Gardening Show was axed when organisers decided the Kings Heath Park venue would have been too soggy to stage the event because of this summer’s torrential rain.
There was uproar last year when the show was moved from the park, where it had been held for nearly 30 years, to the city centre.
It was renamed Flowerfest and held at the City Centre Gardens, off Centenary Square, and its budget was absorbed by the city’s Artsfest celebrations.
A 2,000-name petition was handed to Birmingham City Council last October, demanding it be returned to the park.
The authority handed control of the event to the city’s gardening and allotment groups and gave them a £20,000 grant.
It was expected to attract up to 10,000 people on the weekend of September 1 and 2.
Jonathan Jaffa, chair of the BAGS organising committee, said officials had been patrolling the park and monitoring weather forecasts.
He said: “I’m very sad because we have all put a lot for work in.
“We have been working with the council and parks department but we could see, as the time was going on, that we would have to pull the plug.”
Mr Jaffa, who runs York Supplies hardware shop in Kings Heath, added: “Kings Heath is where the garden show is. It’s been there for 30 years and we wanted to do it.
“It has been the wettest year since records began and if it hadn’t been, this show would have gone on.”
Mr Jaffa said he was confident the show would be staged again in the park next year.