Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:43
Found the address. Wrote the letter.
BBC Audience Services
PO Box 1922
8TH July 2012-07-08
I would like to complain about the cancellation of BBC Gardeners World for the entire month of July, the busiest time in the garden. I have been unable to make this complaint online because your messaging service will not permit me enough characters to make my point and also it seems that one can only complain about a broadcast programme, not the cancellation of a programme. That only merits a ‘comment’. Frustrating!
At one time, there was a wealth of gardening programmes. Of the few remaining, GW is iconic. I believe that in this day and age, to regard gardening as a minority interest is astonishingly short-sighted. We are in a recession where everyone is encouraged to make, renovate and grow things, yet the information needed to do so is being given a very low priority.
Furthermore, when much of our countryside is being built over and such vital creatures as bees are becoming endangered, the private garden has never been more important as a habitat and food source. We should be encouraging and fostering gardening as a vital part of our country’s future, not reducing its profile. Almost everyone has the potential for a garden, even if it is only a balcony or window-box. In creating a garden, they are not only contributing to their own mental and emotional well-being, but to the well-being of our nation and its food supplies. As a nation, we can no longer produce enough food for our population and we are losing the insects we need to preserve our food supply. This is more important than who wins Wimbledon!
Sport is great and this is an historic year, but It is simply untrue that there is no time for a half-hour gardening programme - just cancel some of those repeats! There are also BBC1, BBC 3 and BBC 4. We gardeners don’t mind changing channels!