Gardeners' Question Time to celebrate its northern roots on Radio 4

This is a great way to celebrate the programme’s northern heritage, as well as engaging with the huge following the programme continues to have throughout the UK."Denis Nowlan, Network Manager, Radio 4
Date: 22.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.53
Category: Radio 4
This autumn Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time will celebrate its roots with a tour of the north, a gardener’s paradise. To celebrate its northern heritage, the GQT team will embark on a road trip, visiting the locations where the programme originated.

Now a firm favourite nationwide, the programme was originally broadcast in 1947 on the Home Service, solely to a northern audience under the title How Does Your Garden Grow? It continued to be the preserve of Northerners for ten years before going national. In celebration of these origins, the GQT team will be holding its annual Summer Garden Party at Ness Botanic Gardens in South Wirral on 8 September, as well as recording programmes in Manchester, Yorkshire and Northumbria.

Denis Nowlan, Network Manager of Radio 4, says: “Gardeners’ Question Time has a special place in the hearts of many listeners as one of our longest running shows. This is a great way to celebrate the programme’s northern heritage, as well as engaging with the huge following the programme continues to have throughout the UK."‬

The Garden Party will involve a day of gardening workshops, demonstrations and two recordings of the show. It will feature an assortment of the country’s most respected gardening experts - not to mention several proud northerners - including Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Matthew Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Peter Gibbs. The subsequent tour of northern England will see the team taking in some of the North’s most stunning landscapes, as well as visiting Broadoak Hotel in Ashton Under Lyne, from which the very first edition was broadcast 65 years ago.

Robert Abel, Head of Radio at production company Somethin’ Else, says: “In our experience audiences in the north of England are some of the most passionate in the UK, so we’re going to have a lot of fun exploring the show’s history. But I’m biased; I’m a Yorkshireman."

Note to Editors

Recording schedule -

Saturday 8 September

Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party 2012,

To be broadcast as two shows on 14/9/12 and 21/9/12.

Tuesday 18 September

Broadoak Hotel, Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester OL6 8QD

Broadcast on 28/9/12

Wednesday 19 September

Coronation Hall, Milby, Boroughbridge, YO51 9BL

Broadcast on 5/10/12

Tuesday 25 September

Humshaugh Village Hall, Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4AD

Broadcast on 12/10/12

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