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Sacred Gardens

Bill Turnbull and Claire McCollum are in London in search of sacred gardens. Bill visits Kew to explore the new faith trail and Claire is at Westminster Abbey to find its hidden gardens.

There are hymns inspired by the wonder of God's creation and the Songs of Praise family faces a green-fingered challenge.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 10 Aug 2014 17:00

Factsheet for Sunday 10th August 2014

Bill and Claire are in London in search of sacred gardens. Bill visits Kew to explore their new faith trail and Claire is at Westminster Abbey discovering its hidden gardens. There are hymns inspired by the wonder of God’s creation and the Songs of Praise Family face a green-fingered challenge!

Interviewees & Contributors

Shahina Ghazanfar

Shahina is the Head of the Temperate Regional Team at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and joined the botanist team there in 2001. Along with Father Nigel, she shows Bill some of the plants that are going to be on the faith trail and explains the religious significance of these plants.


Reverend Nigel Worn

Father Nigel is the parish vicar at St Anne's Church, Kew - the parish church for the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. The gardens and the church work closely together and many of the past directors and gardeners of Kew are buried here. Father Nigel explains more about the faith trail, created to mark St Anne's tercentenary.


Tony Kirkham

Tony is the Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and has been working there since 1978. He is responsible for more than 14,000 trees and he shows Bill how to prune the vicious looking Christ's Thorn. 


The Corr Family

The Corr family is a Catholic family from Essex who answered our request for a Christian family to follow for 6 weeks this summer. Mum Sam, Dad Martin, twin daughters Sophie & Charlotte and their sister Aimee meet us at their parish church – St Teresa’s, Rochford – where their Priest sets them a gardening challenge which aims to give us an insight into what it is like being a Christian in 21st century Britain.


Canon Andrew Tremlett & Jan Pancheri

Canon Andrew is Canon in Residence at Westminster Abbey and Jan is Head Gardener. They chat with Claire about the three gardens at the Abbey – their historical significance and relevance today. The Abbey has three gardens – Little Cloister, Garth and College Gardens.


Daniel Cook

Daniel is Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey. Daniel gives Claire a demonstration of the organ and let's her have a go! He also chats about what it's like to play the organ in such an historical building.


Bill along with Tony, Shahina & Father Nigel were filmed at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens


The Corr Family were filmed at St Teresa’s Church, Rochford


Daniel, Canon Andrew & Jan chat with Claire at Westminster Abbey


Role Contributor
PresenterBill Turnbull
ParticipantClaire McCollum
ProducerMelanie Hill
Series ProducerMatthew Napier
Executive ProducerDavid Taviner

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