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Love Your Garden 2019 Season

 

 

 

My name is Anna and I work on Alan Titchmarsh's garden makeover show, Love Your Garden. We redesign and makeover the gardens

of families across the country. In this new series we are looking to also follow new and experienced gardeners and any upcoming garden

projects from start to finish in the South East area. We are wanting these projects to be inspiring and hope to follow them over a 6 to 8 week

period from March to June 2019. We are also open to following someone who is just willing to allow us to set up a small gardening project in

their garden for a period 6 to 8 weeks and is willing to record a video diary of its changes.

 

Below are some potential new builds we would ideally like to follow, although we are open to new ideas and projects.

 

   Wildlife pond

   Flower meadow from seed?

   Unusual raised bed project - e.g. out of furniture?

   A blank canvas, putting in new flower beds/bulbs from seed or a new lawn

   Vertical gardens perhaps in a limited space, on a roof terrace perhaps?

   To find a novice gardener who is willing to let us set up a new build in their space and willing to take care of it for 6-8 weeks and create a video diary for us

   A naturalistic kids den or play area

   A circular garden

 

I wonder if any gardeners in the London/SE area would be interested in participating in our show?

If so, could they please e-mail me pictures of their garden or contact me to discuss ideas and proposals in greater detail.

My contact details are below.

 

Thank you and best wishes,

 

Anna Altounyan

Assistant Producer

 

Spun Gold TV

2nd & 3rd Floor, Cranmer House, 39 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6DZ

Mobile: +44(0)751 859 8002

SB: +44(0)20 7065 6927

 

 

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Restrictions on the use of metaldehyde to protect wildlife

 

Following advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), DEFRA has announced a ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde,

a pesticide used to control slugs in a range of crops and in gardens, from Spring 2020 due to its unacceptable risk to birds and mammals.

 

DEFRA suggests that alternatives be considered, such as ferric phosphate, which is approved for use by organic gardeners and does not carry similar risks.

 

Ongoing research and trials indicate that ferrous phosphate is just as effective as metaldehyde, but it works in a different way.

Metaldehyde causes slugs to dehydrate and die leaving their chemically contaminated bodies on the surface where birds and mammals have open access to them.

Ferrous phosphate stops a slug from eating, so it returns to its hiding place or underground where it dies.

 

Ferrous phosphate pellets are currently a little more expensive than metaldehyde, but if applied using manufactures recommendations, the difference in price for most domestic gardeners should be negligible.

 

The sale and distribution of metaldehyde slug pellets will end on 30 June 2019 and the disposal, storage and use of existing stocks will end on 30 June 2020.

 

If you wish to safely dispose of your metaldehyde pellets (or any other chemicals and/or containers) then take them to your local recycling centre.

All local councils are equipped with facilities for residents to dispose of hazardous waste at such facilities.

 

 

 

 

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