They'll be no shortage of gardening programmes on TV next year with several old favourites returning and also some new series. Andy Taylor has been finding out what's planned for 2017.
GardenSite regularly receives requests from television companies to supply props for all types of productions. Nathan James Dodd reveals that many of your most popular and well loved programmes have featured our products.
A typical request dates from last April when we received a call from the producers of Beowulf, the prestigious thirteen part drama now showing on ITV.
The Grange Apollo Pergola wouldn't immediately come to mind as a Dark Ages' structure, but cover one in hides and this beautiful structure becomes a tent for our hero and his followers. We supplied ten pergolas for the series and you would only know their real identity from the distinctive domed shape.
In 2014, we sent the Zombie of Montclaire to Paul O'Grady for his ITV talk show, an unusual guest for a programme more accustomed to welcoming stars of stage and screen. But it was Chelsea Flower Show Week and there is nothing so scary as this zombie when he climbs out of your flowerbed.
The same year, Big Brother On Channel 5 decided on a renaissance backdrop and asked for our assistance. We recommended some grand statues such as a Design Toscano Staverden Peacock. They also had a pair of Home and Garden Lions that were sprayed gold and placed either side of the Big Brother House gates.
Citizen Khan on the BBC, the self-appointed community leader of the capital of British Pakistan, also required lions, this time stone rather than resin from our huge range of animal garden ornaments, to decorate his Sparkhill terrace house in 2012.
When Nick Knowles and the boys from DIY SOS were renovating a house for a disabled person last year, they contacted us and aquatics expert Andrew Hall travelled to Warrington with a biOrb fish tank to complete the refurbishment.
Sarah Beeny solved her clients' storage problems in Double Your House For Half The Money with Suncast plastic outdoor storage products. In particular she chose to feature the Extra Large Wicker Deck Box and the Conniston Storage Shed.
In 2013 we came to the rescue of a couple in Blackpool after being contacted by The One Show. Someone had stolen their Christmas lights, so we donated a replacement festive display. Not quite as extensive as the famous illuminations but these Konstsmide lights, Snowflake and Icicles certainly lit up their celebrations.
Other requests have included gnomes for the Gadget Show and a fabulous Vivid Arts Gorilla for CBBC's All At Sea.
Next up in 2016, look out for the Palmako Berta Gazebo on ITV that we built for a hospital neo-natal unit.
Nathan James Dodd
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
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