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.
Following the popularity of the first series, the Great British Garden Revival returns to BBC Two in the new year. Nathan James Dodd finds out what endangered aspects of our gardening heritage will be featured.
During the first series top gardeners wanted to inspire viewers to save the nation's horticultural traditions. Placed under threat by front gardens being paved over and easy to maintain gardens, some of our favourite flowers and plants are in danger of disappearing altogether.
The increased risk of flooding and decline in wildlife, particularly birds and butterflies, caused by this new style of gardening was also highlighted.
The first series of this award winning programme wanted to make us proud of herbaceous borders, topiary, cottage gardens, cut flowers and ornamental bedding.
In each programme the presenters concentrated on a passionate interest and offered practical advice on its restoration and maintenance.
Following the same format, the subjects in the new series will be just as diverse, with knot and scented gardens featuring alongside rhododendrons and creepers.
All the presenters are well known for their work on other television gardening programmes.
They include Carol Klein who will focus on daffodils, Joe Swift is in a bog garden while Chris Beardshaw has tips on blossom trees and shrubs.
Alys Fowler, James Wong and Rachel de Thame are also appearing together with Diarmuid Gavin and Christine Walkden.
They will all be addressing the decline in traditional gardening, helping us to embrace once popular plants and techniques that made the British garden the envy of the world.
The Great British Garden Revival will begin on BBC Two in early January 2015.
Nathan James Dodd
You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.