Posted: 16/08/2012 at 07:51
I cannot understand why the BBC waste money producing this type of programme when it has been done over and over so many times.
Why not extend GW which is something they know works and gets its regular viewers every week - I don't know what the viewing figures are for each programme - I suppose it is higher in the winter months rather than the summer. If they cannot extend GW they why not a midweek update. I am sure it is hard work for all the presenters and it is not a matter of just filming for half an hour to produce a programme, so why not have different presenters doing a midweek update or visiting other peoples gardens. There is so much knowledge out there so why not use it. You only need to read this forum to see how much people have learnt and can advise from their own experiences.
We are supposed to be encouraging people to get fit. A lot of people have gardens or balconies and should be helped into making good use of these. People who have no knowledge of gardening see this type of programme and think that you need a team of builders, garden experts etc to get the garden going and are not going to give it a try are they.
Showing people that they can start a garden from scratch (the local freecycle group is brilliant at obtaining materials or even plants from other gardeners) is the way forward I think. Gardening doen not have to be an expensive hobby and most gardeners are all only too happy to share plants they have grown and their wealth of knowledge and tips. Books can be obtained from the local library or charity shops.
So a hobby that keeps you fit, can cost little or nothing, making friends, growing your own veg for the family or creating a wildlife haven and attractive vew from your kitchen window.
Come on BBC change the format and give us gardeners something that will work.