Allotment show to feature on BBC2

Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge is a new BBC2 programme to be presented by Fern Britton, which will build on the tradition of the annual horticultural show "with its competitions for jams, chutneys, fruits, vegetables and flowers", say the programme's makers.

The series has been filmed in a walled garden in Oxfordshire, with nine pairs of gardeners tested over four months.

Each episode will reflect the growing season and what's ripe for picking at the time. 

The gardener pairs  face three challenges each week that test their horticultural knowledge, creativity and culinary skills, as they're tasked with turning their produce into preserves, as well as creating floral arrangements. 

The three experts involved are Jim Buttress, Jonathan Moseley and Thane Prince.

The show will air on BBC2 in early 2014. Silver River CEO Daisy Goodwin is producer and designer Michael Kerr is a consultant.

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