Gardening show aims to revive interest in allotments

A new gardening show hosted by Fern Britton will air on BBC in early 2014. ‘Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge’ will be a gardening show with a difference; a contest for 9 pairs of amateur gardeners to try their hand at various challenges, with one pair eliminated each week.

Gardening experts

Three experts in their respective fields will oversee the challenges, which will range from making jam to growing vegetables. The experts to impress include Jonathan Moseley, a floral expert, horticulturalist Jim Buttress and Thane Prince, a preserves connoisseur.

Grow your own

Filmed in a walled garden on the Mapledurham estate in Oxfordshire, the six-part series aims to entice a new generation of gardeners to allotments, growing their own produce and creating a sustainable future.

‘Bake Off meets Ground Force’

After The Great British Bake Off attracted more than 8.4 million viewers, the bosses at BBC Two are hopeful that this new gardening show will reach similar levels of popularity, igniting an interest in gardening for younger people. The show has been dubbed as ‘Bake Off meets Ground Force’  and each pair of contestants will be given 4 months ahead of filming to harvest their crop – so it’s probably about time they start digging for victory!