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Bradford Garden Centre steps in to help create lockdown TV garden

The team at a Bradford garden centre responded quickly to a request from a TV production company to provide plants to create a lockdown garden.

With regular filming of ITV’s Love Your Garden suspended due to Coronavirus, Tong Garden Centre stepped in to deliver peat free compost and plants to presenter Katie Rushworth’s Baildon home for her to create a grow your own garden for a new series, Grow Your Own at Home with Alan Titchmarsh.

Capitalising on the rising interest of growing your own food, the three part series sees Titchmarsh, along with fellow Love Your Garden presenters share insider tips and tricks on growing fruit and vegetables at home.

The Love Your Garden team worked on their own plots to turn them into productive gardens, including creating a vegetable patch from scratch, an edible terraced garden and an indoor pizza-themed herb garden for the kitchen.

Tong’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair co-ordinated the project with the production company’s researcher: “Having worked in partnership with Katie Rushworth for the last four years, we were delighted to help out and look forward to seeing how she has used the plants that we provided in her garden.

“We know that Katie shares our keen interest in the environment, so we were pleased to provide her with Happy Compost, our new peat free multipurpose compost, to give the plants a good start.”

Grow Your Own at Home with Alan Titchmarsh aired at 8.30pm on Monday, 25th May on ITV.

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 17 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.