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Chris Bavin meets the Bloomers of Evington in Leicester, who are determined to win their first gold by impressing the judges with their cutting-edge growing techniques.

Chris Bavin travels to Evington to meet the Leicestershire Bloomers who are determined to use gardening to combat social isolation and win their first gold award.

Firstly, a group of elderly volunteers who look after Burnaby Gardens revive an overgrown area of this historic park with a brand new planting scheme. Next, the Gardening Club transforms an abandoned strip of land at the local primary school into a bee-friendly wildlife area. Finally, the volunteers undertake an ambitious food growing project – by turning an empty polytunnel into an innovative aquaponic farm, using fish to fertilise plants that aren’t grown in soil. The scale of all their ambition means the Bloomers have a huge amount to do before the judges come in eight weeks’ time.

29 minutes

Last on

Sat 13 Apr 2019 16:30


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Bavin
Composer Nick Harvey
Production Manager Rob Weber
Editor Tim Hansen
Executive Producer Carla-Maria Lawson
Executive Producer Meredith Chambers
Series Editor Helen White
Producer Rosie Saunders
Director Rosie Saunders