Following on from our post about the TV Kitchen Garden from The Victorian Kitchen Garden being left to go derelict, we started to look in to other television gardens that have been abandoned.
It seems that there is a constant cycle in television gardening that the cameras arrive, money is pumped in from the television license fee and when the cameras stop rolling there is nothing in the plan to make the garden a long term sustainable project. It shows a marked disdain for gardens and gardening that television companies create green spaces only to abandon them. It's even more shocking when the presenters, devoted to these gardens, who via television come into our homes and promise us something that is a lie. These are not gardens that are being created, they are merely television sets and once used they are inevitably abandoned. The BBC garden, Greenacre, created in the Midlands for Gardeners' World was abandoned in 2010 after a change of direction by the show to return to a gardener's garden. This was a good move and showed that the viewers did not like the prop effect garden that had been created, they understood that this was a set rather than a garden. Yet, it does not detract from the fact that this was a garden in its infancy, that formal borders were created, that hard landscaping, buildings and materials were all shipped in at considerable cost and effort. Though the BBC stated back in 2010 that they would recycle as much of the garden as possible it does leave a sour taste in the mouth. If a channel that is paid for by the tax payer has so little regard for gardens and gardening, then what chance do we have to save any of our green spaces? More importantly, what chance do we have in reminding people of the importance of real gardening even if that garden is a television set? Over the coming months we want to explore what other gardens have been lost to the nation. How little attention is paid to creating sustainable plans when it comes to public green spaces and how we have to all be wary that if gardening is as the press states 'the new rock and roll' that rock and roll had its time over fifty years ago.
Please share with us abandoned gardens in your area. You can share them with us via our twitter feed (@lifeonpigrow) and on our Facebook group. We believe these spaces should be given to the communities they exist in for the good of those communities. We do not need more housing estates, more roads, more car parking, we need to bring back to life our forgotten orchards, walled gardens, pleasure gardens and green spaces.
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