BBC Gardeners Question Time comes to Ambleside

We hosted this iconic ‘evergreen’ BBC show on 8th July (broadcast on 12th and 14th July) recorded live at Brathay Trust Hall. Lakeland’s own Eric Robson chaired the panel of Bunny Guinness, Toby Buckland and Anne Swithinbank. Hosting the show gave us a great opportunity broadcast our message to the nation and provide local gardeners with a varied and entertaining evening and green lake friendly gardening tips.

The capacity audience asked questions and laughed at the jokes (which were bad!), applauded and generally enjoyed themselves. The panel dealt with woeful tales of dead wisteria, non-flowering daffs, reluctant poppies with humour and compassion. We asked for suggestions to help gardeners safeguard the water quality of our lakes and rivers and the panel gave great and full answers including maintaining a waterside margin to which no products are added, testing your soil to see what it needs, using organic plant feeds and careful septic tank management. Unfortunately none of these pearls of wisdom made it to air! However if you’d like some advice watch out for our Property Pack (launching in September – get in touch to register your interest).  At the end of the show the panel were delighted, particularly in view of the heat wave, to receive ‘thank you’ bottles of WR’s new brew, Mere Gold. The final programme, which also features a visit to Wordsworth’s garden at Rydal Mount and Beatrix Potter’s garden at Hill Top can still be heard on BBC iPlayer

Based on an article written by our roving reporter Alison Ewin

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