The iconic Blue Peter garden will be moved to a public space outside the programme’s new home in Salford Quays for fans to enjoy, CBBC has announced today.
The sunken garden and its ornamental fishpond will be moved to the landscaped area, (referred to as The Green), which is located outside Dock House, one of three buildings occupied by the BBC at MediaCityUK, and the bronze statue of Petra, the show’s first pet, will also be relocated to the garden for members of the public to visit and enjoy.
Designed by Percy Thrower, the Italian sunken garden includes the hand, foot and paw prints of presenters and animals appearing on the show in 1978 when the garden was created – Lesley Judd, John Noakes, Simon Groom, Shep the border collie, Goldie the golden retriever, Jack and Jill the tabbie cats and Freda the tortoise.
Other iconic items such as the sculpture of Mabel the dog and the Blue Peter ship logo, will be placed in the reception areas of the BBC buildings on site for staff and members of the public to enjoy.
The new garden will be landscaped by Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and, along with the surrounding land and piazza, will be used for outdoor filming when appropriate.
Tim Levell, Editor of Blue Peter, said: “We’re really excited about being able to open up the garden so Blue Peter viewers can come along and visit it – we wanted to make it as accessible to the public as possible.
“People from seven to 70 ask about the garden and by placing it in the MediaCityUK piazza, members of the public can enjoy it and see first-hand Blue Peter memorabilia such as the Petra statue. Having filmed in the piazza and gardens recently, we know just how well these areas work for the show and we’re looking forward to doing more filming around the MediaCityUK campus, including the new garden area.”
Watch Blue Peter on CBBC, Thursdays at 5.45pm. For more information on the show and other CBBC programmes, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc.
We’re really excited about being able to open up the garden so Blue Peter viewers can come along and visit it – we wanted to make it as accessible to the public as possible."