Garden industry figures welcome new Joe Swift gardening show set to air next week on BBC1

Garden industry figures have welcomed a new community gardening mini series which starts on 15 August at 8pm on BBC1.
The Flowerpot Gang will feature Anneka Rice, Phil Tufnell and Joe Swift in a series of four one-hour programmes that aim to regenerate outdoor spaces to create community legacies.
The Renegade Pictures-produced show will see Rice rallying local communities to overhaul the sites. Former England cricketer Tufnell will uncover the stories of those taking part and Gardeners’ World’s Swift will offer his horticultural expertise.
The shows will track the creation of a joint space to be shared by two specialist schools in Bristol as well as creating a space for a care home in Sheffield and a carers’ centre in Sunderland.
Alton Garden Centre director Andy Bunker said: "Anything on TV is great. Love Your Garden was great but wasn't reality - budgets must have been £50,000-£100,000. Celebrites in the garden is good. The only danger is if they use sarcasm. But I don't think you'll get that with Tuffers. What will do us good is if we can crack autumn. The HTA's Plan it Plant it campaign will help. Any gardening programme on TV bringing to life the subject is good."
In the first episode The Flowerpot Gang travels to Woodland View, a nursing home on the edges of Sheffield where 60 residents with various forms of dementia are cared for. The residents have a large green area for their use, but they cannot enjoy it as the paths are too dangerous - and so the doors to the garden have been locked.

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